Many farmers have a COSHH and Risk Assessment, but many were completed several years ago. Is yours up-to-date?
With COSHH, you need to think about:
- What do you do that involves hazardous substances?
- How can these cause harm?
- How can you reduce the risk of harm occurring?
With Risk Assessments, what you need to do:
The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 place duties on companies and individuals to ensure that adequate provision is made for health and safety at work. Employers must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of employees and any others who may be affected by what they do. This includes employees, any casual workers, part-timers, trainees, customers or contractors. It will also include those who may be affected by work activities, e.g. neighbours, sales people and members of the public.
If you are not sure whether you comply with the COSHH and Risk Regulations, telephone your local SAC Consulting office to discuss.
Matthew Brown, Agricultural Consultant, SAC Consulting.
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