COSHH Risk Assessment

In order to comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 [1], you must undertake an assessment and control any substance that might present a hazard to health in the workplace. A COSHH Risk Assessment Mar 2012 template (Word)is provided.

Walk around the practice and identify potential exposure to substances hazardous to health. For each substance consider:

  • In what way is the substance harmful to health? Collect Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs), check information on the packaging; check the manufacturer’s website or contact the manufacturer directly, if necessary.
  • What tasks or processes could lead to exposure? What controls are already in place? Can additional controls be introduced to eliminate or reduce the risk further?
  • What action is required after exposure?
  • Is health surveillance needed?
  • Areas of concern, e.g. check the practice accident book.

Merely keeping a copy of the MSDS does not equate to a full COSHH assessment.

Further information on conducting a COSHH risk assessment, including alternative risk assessment templates, is available on Public Health Scotland – Healthy Working Lives [2] and the Health and Safety Executive [3] websites.


Sources of Information

  1. Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (
  2. Hazardous Substances Healthy Working Lives, Public Health Scotland
  3. COSHH Assessment: Identifying hazard and assessing risk (webpage). Health and Safety Executive (