Introduction to this document

COSHH/DSEAR assessment record

If you use hazardous or dangerous substances, or create them as by-products of your processes, then you need to undertake a specific type of risk assessment. Our record has been created for that purpose.

How to use the form

Before starting ensure that you have sufficient experience and/or training to complete the assessment properly. As a guide, most people should be able to have a go at assessing low-risk cleaning substances, but complex processes will certainly require expert help.

First of all, make sure that you have the product packaging available and an up-to-date copy of the manufacturer’s safety data sheet. You can usually obtain these online or by phoning the supplier.

Complete the form in sequence, referring to the guidance provided.

Make sure that managers implement the risk control measures identified and get them to sign at the end of the form. They should train employees in the findings of the assessment and ensure that a copy is readily available.