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WASPS Software

Wasps Software easily enables you to create multi-lingual graphical hazard sheets 

as well as undertaking a COSHH Assessment using the COSHH Essentials method

About WASP Hazard Sheets

WASP sheets are created by the application by simply typing-in essential raw data drawn from an SDS. In some circumstances this can even be a product label, if sufficient and accurate information is given. This data is then subjected to a complex set of internal rules to provide a graphical hazard rating for the following: eye contact, inhalation, ingestion, absorption (through skin), by skin burns and through allergic reaction. The user retains full editing control over rating values, which are shown together with a graphical indication of precautions to be taken and basic first aid. Further ratings are also given for the risk of fire, or explosion, and the degree of risk to the environment. Other graphical symbols are also automatically applied in these cases for example: Not into Drains. Each sheet also has an optional provision for text reminders of control measures and symbol indicators of what PPE should be adopted when the material is used in a given named process.

About COSHH Record Sheets

The COSHH risk assessments procedure within the WASPS package is similar to the HSE’s COSHH Essentials process. The results refer the user to the same guidance notes used by COSHH Essentials. In order to undertake an assessment, the user must give specific detail about each material used in the process together with amounts and exposure times etc. Some of this data can be imported from completed WASP sheets and so only needs to be entered once. The COSHH record sheet is generated on the fly by the application in HTML format, and this provides click-able linkage to the relevant guidance sheets direct from the HSE’s website.

Note that you cannot use this method with gases, aerosols, gels, pastes or slurries, with hazards arising from work processes such as welding fumes or with hazards such as dusts or biological agents.


The complete WASPS/COSHH package is available from this site and the download contains full integrated documentation.  Note that the download size for the standard product is around 42 MB so a broadband connection is required for download as well as to run the software.

Alternatively you may contact us here or via telephone or e-mail to order your free CD.  This carries the same setup as the download but the installation files are not compressed.

Demonstration Mode

Once installed the software presents a registration screen which enables you to enter your license details. These are available from us after you have paid for your subscription.  However, the program can be used immediately without registration in "Demonstration Mode". In this mode you will only be able to create up to six WASP Sheets and the ESL library files cannot be accessed.  There is no restriction for the COSHH Assessments feature as this depends on using data from WASP Sheets. 

Computer Requirements

Operating System:

Windows XP, 7, and 10  WASPS cannot be guaranteed to run on all operating systems 


i3 or a clock rate of about 1.5GHz, or faster, recommended

Disk Space Required:

65MB (installation), 48MB (operation max, includes pre-written WASP library sheets)

Memory Required:

1GB Minimum

Screen Resolution:

1024 x 768 or higher


Colour inkjet or laser printer with a recommended minimum print resolution of 300 dpi.

Internet Connection:

When WASPS starts it requires an Internet connection to check your protected License File 

License Types

Current Version

Licenses are available to cater for any number of users from a single user to over 100. Licenses may be upgraded at any time. Standard Licenses are available in user multiples of 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50 users. 

A single user license is tied to a particular PC or machine and so it cannot be run on other multiple PC's without contacting us first.  Multi-user licenses may be installed on any computer on your site providing, the number of concurrent users does not exceed your license.

Once a WASP sheet has been composed, the software can automatically transpose it in 9 languages. Currently WASPS language packs are 

available in: Afrikaans, (English - default), French, German, Italian, Malay, Polish, Spanish and Portuguese.

Any WASP sheet may be viewed and printed in any currently available language at any time. In addition the Standard subscription has a pre-written WASPS Library of over 2,300 WASP Sheets. These are split into a number of categories, single chemicals and substances, and proprietary or generic products including many industrial products.  The Library also includes pre-written COSHH reports and in all there are over 3500 COSHH Assessments for common tasks and materials of different quantities.


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