COSHH assessments

Assessment and control of risks is fundamental to effective health and safety management. As an employer, you must assess and manage health and safety risks – whether you are a big, medium or small business, or even just a one-person operation. You are not expected to eliminate all risk, but you are required to protect people as far as ‘reasonably practicable’. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002 require every employer to identify any hazardous substances in use in the workplace and assess whether they present a risk to the health of employees. Such assessments should be recorded and any risks prevented or controlled.

WES can provide a complete COSHH assessment service, or individual elements of it, which might include:

  • initial investigation and advice
  • full site audit and COSHH compliance assessment
  • assessment of exposure to hazardous substances
  • air sampling & monitoring for a full range of hazardous substances, such as welding fume / solvents and paints / metal fumes / wood dust / flour dust / acid & alkalis / oil mists / man-made fibres etc
  • evaluation of the effectiveness of existing control measures
  • recommendations for the control of exposures to hazardous substances
  • design and implementation of practical control solutions
  • COSHH awareness and competent person training
  • the development of PPE programmes
  • COSHH compliance assessment
  • development of in-house systems and expertise through training on COSHH and utilising COSHH Essentials for on-going COSHH compliance

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