COSHH Risk Assessment Portal
13 January 2020
Our new COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Risk Assessment Portal is available to users of Evans Vanodine chemicals and provides the tools to create and store your own company risk assessments.
A risk assessment is a vital element for health and safety management within businesses and its main objective is to determine the measures required to comply with statutory duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and associated regulations by reducing the level of incidents/accidents. A risk assessment will protect employees and businesses, as well as ensure they are complying with the law.
As for when to do a risk assessment, it should simply be conducted before the user, or any other employees, conducts some work which presents a risk of injury or ill-health.
The portal has been designed with a variety of businesses in mind, ranging from independent and contract cleaning companies, to single and multi-site companies, such as pub and hotel chains. One major benefit of this portal is that assessments and reports can be created, stored and accessed under one login/account. This enables multi-site companies to reduce their workload, since certain aspects of the reports can be pre-populated, and, in some instances, eliminates the need for multiple assessments for the same task.
The portal is intended to take the hassle out of creating risk assessments, helping users of our Evans’ chemicals know how and when to create them. It covers the hazards within a risk assessment: respiratory, eyes, skin and ingestion and advises what control measures should be implemented to reduce the risk of those hazards to ALARP (“as low as reasonably practicable”).
To help users with their COSHH assessment creating and reporting, and as a useful resource, we have added a section on the portal containing a full library of Evans Safety Data Sheets (SDS), available in different languages. In addition to SDS, the portal contains a full library of Evans Vanodine products, showing a summary of key information, main hazard symbols, as well as any COSHH assessments you have already created for that substance. The system will also notify users, via their account dashboard, when any SDS have been updated or any product changes have occurred, so any assessments already created can be reviewed.
To find out more about using the portal, please contact your Evans distributor or Evans Area Sales Manager.