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Case study - Chemical risk assessments for a large client


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The client had tried unsuccessfully to train risk assessors how to do chemical assessments. The main issue was the fact the each assessment was taking a long time to complete on paper and tracking of actions was proving impossible. The results from the risk assessment were not in a form that allowed easy interpretation of the level of risk present. Another more fundamental problem existed in that the client was surprised to find out that there were different versions of a chemical risk assessment template in distribution, further hampering their efforts to conduct assessments for the 1600 chemicals.

Our Solution:

Working with the client a methodology was developed which ensured that the chemical risk assessments were documented using mai in compliance with the national and corporate requirements. A separate temple was also configured on mai for Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH), a smaller subset of the 1600 overall chemical assessments.

Unique helpfiles were built in for each question, which the risk assessors found a great help by allowing them to have access to critical information to help them answer the question properly.

 We directed the client to the mai helpfile wiki to ensure that all necessary information was reviewed before the process started. Using mai, the client was able to ensure that specific controls were consider for managing the chemical hazards, thus ensuring a comprehensive risk control program was in place.

Key Benefits To Client:

The client was able to complete the 1600 assessments in less than 3 months, something which had been attempted unsuccessfully on all previous attempts using a paper based system. Using mai, each chemical was assessed systematically and relevant control. For more information about the mai software tools please click here or visit

The Centre of Excellence:

The Centre of Excellence is a Health & Safety and Environmental training and consultancy firm focused on helping businesses solve the complex challenges and decisions facing their company today. Centre of Excellence consultants have helped many clients to achieve and maintain compliance in the areas of occupational health & safety and environmental. We can provide assistance and training in relation to COSHH, CLP and GHS as well as REACH.

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