Understanding COSHH in Care Homes

Understanding COSHH in Care Homes

In the dynamic environment of a care home, the safety and well-being of both residents and staff are paramount. One crucial aspect of ensuring a secure and healthy workplace is understanding and implementing COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) regulations. In this article, we will delve into the key components of COSHH, with a specific focus on care home settings.


What is COSHH?

COSHH stands for the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health. It is a set of regulations designed to protect individuals from the harmful effects of exposure to hazardous substances. In a care home, these substances can range from cleaning chemicals and disinfectants to medicines and bodily fluids.


What Is An SDS?

SDS, or Safety Data Sheet, is a document that provides detailed information about a cleaning chemicals. It includes information on the properties of the substance, potential hazards, safe handling and storage procedures, emergency measures, and more. SDSs are crucial references for staff when working with chemicals in a care home.


Typical Control Measures

Implementing effective control measures is essential in minimising the risks associated with cleaning chemicals. These measures include proper storage of substances, use of personal protective equipment (PPE), adequate ventilation, and staff training. Regular risk assessments should be conducted to identify and address potential hazards.

Who Is Responsible For COSHH?

In a care home, the responsibility for COSHH compliance is shared among all staff members, from caregivers to management. However, there should be designated individuals responsible for overseeing COSHH implementation and ensuring that staff are adequately trained and informed.


Potential Exposures In A Care Home

Potential exposures in a care home can vary widely. Cleaning products, disinfectants, medications, and waste disposal are common sources of hazardous substances. Staff should be vigilant and follow proper procedures to minimise exposure risks, especially in areas such as kitchens, laundry rooms, and medical supply storage.

What Is PPE And How Does It Help?

PPE, or Personal Protective Equipment, includes items such as gloves, masks, aprons, and goggles. In a care home, PPE acts as a crucial barrier between staff and hazardous substances. Proper use of PPE significantly reduces the risk of exposure, protecting both staff and residents from potential harm.


How Often Should COSHH Reporting Take Place?

Reporting of incidents and potential hazards should occur promptly and consistently. Regular communication channels should be established, and staff should be encouraged to report any concerns immediately. This proactive approach ensures that issues are addressed promptly, preventing potential harm.


Where Can I Do My COSHH Training?

As part of our commitment to promoting safety and well-being in care homes, Gompels is pleased to offer free comprehensive COSHH Training on our website.

Why Choose Gompels for COSHH Training?

  1. FREE & Easy To Follow: Our COSHH training videos are developed in-house, with understanding of the unique challenges faced by care home staff. We focus on practical, real-world scenarios, making the training relevant to your daily responsibilities.
  2. Accessible Anytime: We understand the demands of a care home setting. Our training videos are accessible 24/7, allowing your staff to engage in learning at their convenience.
  3. Free Certification: Upon completing our multiple-choice questionnaire, we will email you a PDF certificate to show your training has been completed. This can then be revisited in 12 months to ensure you knowledge remains up to date.

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