(HSE) Health and Safety Executive COSHH

This leaflet describes how to control hazardous substances at work, so they do not cause ill health. It will help you understand what you need to do to comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002 (as amended) which apply to the way you work with these substances. 

This leaflet provides measures that you, as an employer, may need to do to protect your employees from hazardous substances at work. It will also be useful to employees and their safety representatives. 

Why do I need to read this leaflet? 

Every year, thousands of workers are made ill by hazardous substances, contracting lung disease such as asthma, cancer and skin disease such as dermatitis. These diseases cost many millions of pounds each year to: 

industry, to replace the trained worker;  ■ society, in disability allowances and medicines; and  ■ individuals, who may lose their jobs.  ■

You, as the employer, are responsible for taking effective measures to control exposure and protect health. These measures can also improve production or cut waste