Best practice for Authoring COSHH Assessments
Who will author my COSHH Assessments?
One of the cornerstones of a good COSHH management program, is deciding who in the organisation will be responsible for authoring the assessments. Below we have detailed 4 different options for deciding this and outlined the pros & cons of each.
1.Completed by EHS with no input from staff
The EHS department take sole responsibility for writing COSHH assessments. They either document them themselves or an external resource is sourced to complete them. There is no input from staff in individual departments who are using the chemicals.
2. Completed by Staff with no input from EHS
Individual staff are trained fully in COSHH so that they can author COSHH assessments independently for their own department. EHS department is not involved in the process.
3. Completed by EHS in partnership with Staff
The EHS department take responsibility for authoring and managing COSHH assessments. All COSHH assessments are written in partnership with the relevant department staff involved in the day to day use of the chemicals. Ideally, this work would be completed in the actual relevant department itself.
4. Completed by Staff – Signed off by EHS
Individual staff complete COSHH assessments for their own area. However, no assessments are published until checked and signed off by the EHS department. Some COSHH training will be required for staff, but they will not need to be fully COSHH trained as they are not signing off on the assessments.