Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002 (COSHH)
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 is a United Kingdom Statutory Instrument that stipulates general requirements on employers to protect employees and other persons from the hazards of substances used at work by risk assessment, control of exposure, health surveillance and incident planning.
A proper COSHH assessment is essential prior to use of hazardous substances; as an employer you should be able to demonstrate that you have assessed the risks associated with these substances and addressed them as appropriate.
More information on the COSHH regulations is available from the Health and Safety Executive website at:
COSHH Essentials provides a quick and simple method for assessing the substances you work with, providing an estimated level of exposure without controls, and a benchmark level of exposure – together these allow you to assess the type of controls you should put in place.
HSG258: Controlling Airborne Contaminants at Work
HSG258 is the latest guidance from the Health and Safety Executive on Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) systems and provides information for designers, buyers, users, and examiners of LEV systems.
While strictly a guidance document, selecting a system which complies with HSG258 allows employers to demonstrate that they have followed reasonable steps to protect employees.
This guidance consists of three components:
These documents are all available from HSE (www.hse.gov.uk/lev); click the images to download printable versions.