The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) (as amended) are generally referred to by their acronym. They provide a legal framework to protect people against health risks from hazardous substances used at work. Employers and employees have legal responsibilities to ensure health and safety.

The COSHH Regulations

Employer’s responsibilities

Employers must:

  • assess the risks to health and safety

  • decide what precautions are needed to prevent exposure

  • decide what precautions are needed to prevent ill health

  • prevent or control exposure

  • make sure that control measures are used and maintained

  • monitor exposure and carry out health surveillance if appropriate

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