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August 23, 2018
New COSHH Assessments Required After New EU Directive Significantly Reduces 31 Exposure Limits
Businesses will need to review their COSHH Assessments after a new Directive from the EU significantly reduced exposure limits for 31 chemicals in a bid to boost worker health.
Six of the chemicals have had their exposure levels halved, while 14 others have had an exposure level set where none had previously in place.
It means businesses handling these chemicals will need to review their COSHH Assessments to ensure their people are not put at risk – and the business is compliant – under this new regime.
The Directive is effective from 21 August 2018, so if you are affected you should be acting now to reduce your business risk.
Here’s the full list of chemicals affected by the Directive
Manganese and inorganic manganese compounds (as manganese)
Carbon tetrachloride; Tetrachloromethane
Hydrogen cyanide (as cyanide)
Methylene chloride; Dichloromethane
Vinylidene chloride; 1,1-Dichloroethylene
Acrylic acid; Prop-2-enoic acid
Bisphenol A; 4,4′-Isopropylidenediphenol
Acrolein; Acrylaldehyde; Prop-2-enal
Sodium cyanide (as cyanide)
Potassium cyanide (as cyanide)
Action you need to take as a result of this new Directive
Remember COSHH assessments should ensure exposure is below these Workplace Exposure limits. The limits are seen as a maximum allowable exposure level, and if you can reduce exposure to a lower level then this should be considered.
When reviewing your COSHH Assessments ensure that you choose control measure that are relevant from the COSHH Hierarchy of Controls, with ‘1’ being a more suitable control measure and ‘7’ – the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) – being the last consideration.
COSHH Hierarchy of Controls
Eliminate the use of a harmful product or substance and use a safer one
Use a safer form of the product, eg paste rather than powder
Change the process to emit less of the substance
Enclose the process so that the product does not escape
Extract emissions of the substance near the source
Have as few workers in harm’s way as possible
Provide personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, coveralls and a respirator. PPE must fit the wearer
Philip has worked for Moorepay for over nine years, starting as a Health & Safety Consultant in February 2008 before taking up the position of Consultancy Manager in January 2015.
Coming from a retail background, both as a store manager and health & safety professional, he already had a good cross industry experience. Working at Moorepay has provided an opportunity to broaden both knowledge and experience across a wide range of industry sectors.
Philip started his health & safety career after a number of years managing retail stores and holds a HNC in Environmental Health Studies, a Diploma in Environmental Policy and a NEBOSH Diploma.