How to protect employees against hazardous substances in the workplace

Whilst it is your responsibility as an employer to ensure that the workplace is safe for all employees, there are only so many precautions and safety measures you can reasonably take. Once you’ve gone above and beyond what is required by law, your employees need to take responsibility for their own health and safety and that of their colleagues.

Protecting employees against hazardous substances is essential to ensure their safety whilst at work, and this is best achieved via a specialist training course. After acquiring a CIEH Level 2 Award in the Principles of COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health), your employees should be able to:

  • Recognise which substances in the workplace are hazardous to health
  • Understand the health effects of these substances and why they are dangerous
  • Conduct a COSHH assessment and understand what control options should be implemented
  • Understand their own responsibilities in relation to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002

These training courses are generally quite affordable and only last half a day, but they can make a huge difference to health and safety in your workplace. With your employees taking the lead on safety policy, they can protect themselves, others and the business as a whole.