Working with substances hazardous to health – COSHH Regulations.
How Filtaire helps contol indoor air quality, protecting staff - and helps ensure compliance with regulations.
The Health and Safety Executive require that all employees are protected from hazardous
substances at work to prevent ill health.
Employers must comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (as amended) which apply to the way you work with these substances.
Exposure can be through several methods - some examples would be by;
Breathing In - gases,fumes,mist or dust. Once breathed in, some substances attack the nose,throat and lungs whilst others get into the human body through the lungs to harm other organs such as the liver.
Exposure through skin contact: Substances can damage skin by direct contact,splashes,landing on skin (airborne dust) and contact with contaminated surfaces. Contaminates may also pass through the skin to affect other parts.
Exposure through eyes; Some vapours, gases (VOC's) and fine dusts are irritating to eyes.
Most businesses use substances that can be hazardous to health.
Those that use chemicals at work include Hairdressers, Laboratory technicians,Cleaners, Farmers,Workers in chemical plants, Pest Control and many,many others.
Major industries include:
• Vehicle Repair
Respiratory Sensitisers. Subject to the control of substances hazardous to health regulations
Breathing in substances called respiratory sensitisers at work can cause occupational asthma.
A respiratory sensitiser is a substance which when breathed in can trigger an irreversible allergic reaction in the respiratory system. Once this sensitisation reaction has taken place, further exposure to the substance, even to the tiniest trace, will produce symptoms.
Sensitisation does not usually take place right away. It generally happens after several months or even years of breathing in the sensitiser.
Symptoms are - asthma - attacks of coughing,wheezing and chest tightness: rhinitis and conjunctivitis - runny or stuffy nose and watery or prickly eyes.
Continued exposure can result in permanent damage to lungs and increasingly severe symptoms and attacks often continue for years after exposure to the sensitiser has stopped.
Filtaire air purifiers can significantly improve indoor air quality by removing harmful substances from the air, creating much safer and better conditions, helping protect people and as part of the effective control measures you can easily implement as an element of compliance with COSHH regulations.
Ceiling mounted, wall mounted or portable units - all filter particulates and VOC's with minimum non skilled maintenance, to provide exceptionally cleaner air at affordable costs from just £260 + VAT.
Please contact us or telephone 01494-723204 for further helpful information & advice relating to your own industry and business.
REACH is a new European Union regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation,Authorisation and restriction of CHemicals.
It came into force on 1 June 2007 and replaces a number of European Directives and Regulations with a single system.
REACH will operate alongside COSHH and is designed so that better information on the hazards of chemicals and how to use them safely will be passed down the supply chain by chemical manufacturers and importers through improved safety data sheets.
Further information can be found on HSE's website and on the European Chemical Agency's website at echa.europa.eu/home_en.asp