Why is COSHH Relevant to Catering?
COSHH is an industry standard abbreviation for ‘Control of Substances Hazardous to Health’. It should be considered as being ‘of significant importance’ to catering establishments as the ‘Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002’ outlines a responsibility for all employers to either prevent or reduce employee and customers exposure to substances that are hazardous to health.
Many of the chemicals that are used throughout restaurants, pubs and catering environments will carry some level of risk, be it danger to the environment if improperly disposed of or toxic to health if improperly used. This is particularly true for stronger cleaning chemicals that may be used to clean surfaces, kitchen or washroom areas.
Reluctantly, there is an obligation on catering establishments to perform some level of risk assessment and (where necessary) provide adequate safety measures and best-practices guidance to employees