It has been suggested we should be training employees to complete COSHH risk assessments. Is this the case and can we complete this training in-house?

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It has been suggested we should be training employees to complete COSHH risk assessments. Is this the case and can we complete this training in-house?

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Under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) employers must not carry out work which can expose any of their employees to any substance hazardous to health until “a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to employees’ health created by that work has been carried out”.

L5, the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) and guidance to COSHH from the Health and Safety Executive states that “employers must ensure that whoever carries out the assessment and provides information on the prevention and control measures is competent to do so”. Therefore, if employees are required to complete assessments they should be provided with the necessary learning and development to enable them to do this.

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