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Kit E

E. MOTOR TRADE COSHH ASSESSMENTS

There are two separate modules supplied as standard; one for mechanical workshops and the other for body and spray shops.

Around 13 pages of comprehensive notes give all the background knowledge to understand what COSHH is about, explained in an easily comprehensible way. There is an explanation and list of R and S phrases, together with suggested procedures to lighten the Assessment burden.

These notes allow you to follow and understand the structure of my specimen Assessments and to enable you to devise any other Assessments not already covered in the Kit. There is also a list, (now outdated as the HSE will not divulge more than a few names at any one time), of occupational medical and nursing staff in East Anglia and the Home Counties, some with occupational hygienists, able to undertake medical examinations, including lung function tests for persons exposed to isocyanate or other fumes or dusts.

However, I have taken the chore out the Assessment task as the bulk of the Kit comprises specimen Assessments that cover virtually all garage materials or substances used. You only have to list the substances still used, (omit those materials or substances that are not used), group them in logical types, say, all lubricants together & download the latest MSDS from the makers or distributors or ring them for the information.

Armed with these MSDS, you will see whether the substances fall under COSHH, & if not, an assessment is not required.

You will have to change a few details concerning the constituents of each substance, the number of people involved, their exposure periods, effects on the body, substance names etc, and the Assessments are complete and accurate!

There are currently 12 different groups of COSHH Assessments, covering fuel, exhaust fumes, lubricants, other work shop materials, valetting products, MIG welding, body filler, discing, paint spraying, gun wash etc. However, as each Assessment module includes several different products, the total number of substances and materials covered is much greater.

There are 2 Appendices giving advice on preventing health hazards associated with spraying 2 Pack PU paints and on the design of spray shops. If this advice is adopted, any risk of developing respiratory sensitisation will be almost eliminated, and fire or explosion risks will be overcome without resorting to the use of expensive and unnecessary explosion proof electrical equipment.

Price: 90. (The RTF version can be loaded into virtually all PC word processors, as there is no complicated formatting).

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Proprietor: Andrew W Kapherr, BA (Dual Hons), CMIOSH, Chartered Safety & Health Practitioner.

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