Summary

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) (as amended) apply to substances found in the workplace which are hazardous to health.

Examples of common COSHH hazards in primary care include biohazards and infectious pathogens that spread disease, and chemicals used in cleaning and infection control.

This topic outlines the requirements placed on employers under the regulations to prevent or adequately control exposure of employees to hazardous substances. Such control is based on risk assessment and the introduction of appropriate control measures.

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