The COSHH Regulations are designed to prevent people at work being exposed to hazardous substances. The Risk Assessment is a key part of this. The whole process is usually covered by 5 stages: identification; assessment; prevention/control; training and monitoring.
All chemicals must be itemised which are used on the premises along with a list of current work activities. Labels should be checked on containers to determine type of chemical, method of use and precautions. If the assessment sheet shows there is no likelihood of risk to health from the substance concerned, no further action is required.
A decision is required for each substance and every time the use of the substance, the method of work, its frequency of use, etc is changed, there will be need for a new assessment.
Identification and assessment of the risk will give you an insight into the control and prevention measures necessary to comply with the COSHH Regulations.
The requirement for risk assessments applies not only for chemicals used in the bottling plant, but also for chemicals taken into customers' premises during water cooler servicing.