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Introduction to this document

Preliminary COSHH assessment

If you’re a low to medium-risk business, you may find that a full COSHH assessment is unnecessary. In order to identify if this is the case, consider using our preliminary COSHH assessment form.

Preliminary coshh assessment

If you use many chemicals, or just wish to avoid unnecessary work, you may choose to identify whether or not a full COSHH assessment is going to be necessary. If so, you could use a Preliminary COSHH Assessment. This allows you to identify whether or not a more in-depth assessment will be necessary. For a typical low to medium-risk business, you may find that this is all that’s necessary in order to keep you legally compliant.

A time-saving device

Our form is set in a simple table format with two columns. The left-hand column lists the questions, whilst the right-hand one contains space for brief answers. There are ten questions in total, which include ones relating to the substance, its hazards, your control measures and whether or not they’re working properly. As a rule of thumb, you will find that a full assessment will be required if your answers reveal that respiratory sensitisers such as glues are used and there are processes which generate dust or fumes.