Working Conditions are Safe & Hygienic

What you must do - Law 5
Chemicals - relevant to all workers

  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1994 (COSHH) require employers to assess the risks from hazardous substances and take appropriate precautions. Basic principles of this legislation mean the employer has to:
    • Assess the risk of using chemicals.
    • Decide what precautions are needed.
    • Prevent or adequately control exposure.
    • Ensure control measures are used and maintained.
    • Monitor exposure.
    • Carry out appropriate health surveillance.
    • Prepare plans and procedures to deal with accident, incidents and emergencies.
    • Ensure employees are properly informed, trained and supervised.

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  • Employers should have MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) for each chemical used or stored on site and should action the instructions on each sheet.
  • It may be necessary for you to register under the new REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals) scheme which came into force on the 1st June 2007.
  • If you import or manufacture any chemicals, registration may be necessary.
  • The REACH guidelines are likely to affect most businesses using chemicals, and companies are required to have ‘pre-registered’ by the 30th November 2008 in order to take advantage of a phased compliance approach.
  • If chemicals have not been pre-registered by the above deadline, all chemicals will have to be registered by or on the 1st December 2008.

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