Introduction

Every year thousands of people become ill because they have been exposed to hazardous substances while at work. The effects of hazardous substances vary substantially and range from skin burns and dermatitis to asthma and cancer.

Such effects and diseases cost organisations millions of pounds each year. There are also important societal costs and personal costs to the individuals who are affected by the diseases.

There are important legal requirements placed upon employers and others, which are in place to protect workers from ill health effects while working with hazardous substances.

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