COSHH Regulations - What the Law Says

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The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) sets out the measures that employers must take to control their employees' exposure to hazardous substances that could harm their health.

Employers must assess whether there are any substances hazardous to health in the workplace, to which their employees may be exposed, record any significant findings and determine how exposure to any such substances can be eliminated, or what measures are in place, or need to be in place, to prevent or control exposure.

All control measures that may be in place must be maintained, examined and tested to ensure they continue to prevent or control exposure to substances hazardous to health and to maintain records of any such inspections etc.

In addition employers must have in place plans and procedures to deal with accidents, incidents and emergencies involving hazardous substances and, where the assessment shows it to be necessary, monitor employees' exposure to substances hazardous to health and carry out health surveillance.

They must also inform employees of any risks to their health from hazardous substances in the workplace and provide adequate training and, where necessary, supervision in the use of hazardous substances in the workplace and training in the correct use of any control measures that are in place, including the use of any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).