Hazardous substances

Local Authorities are responsible for ensuring that regulations are adhered to by catering establishments, offices and shops in regard to hazardous substances. 

Using chemicals or other hazardous substances at work can put people’s health at risk, so the law requires employers to control exposure to hazardous substances to prevent ill health.

Employers have to protect both employees and others who may be exposed by complying with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH).

Hazardous substances include: substances used directly in work activities (e.g. adhesives, paints, cleaning agents); substances generated during work activities (e.g. fumes from soldering and welding); naturally occurring substances (e.g. grain dust) and biological agents such as bacteria and other micro-organisms.

What is a COSHH assessment?
It is simply a review of workplace substances, how they are used and making a decision on whether or not we need to do more to protect employees and others.   By employing a simple step-by-step approach an assessment of risk will be obtained which will lead to a decision on any measures needed to control exposure and establish good working practices.

Material Safety Data Sheets

Your supplier must provide you with a free up to date sheet if the substance is dangerous.

These sheets will help you to make a risk assessment. They tell you what hazards the chemical can cause, how they should be handled and what protective clothing or equipment must be used. They also give information on handling, storage and emergency measures in case of accident.

The Health and Safety Executive (takes you to an external website) is generally responsible for manufacturing premises.

Health & Safety Advice for Businesses
Tel: 01592 583 141 Contact Health & Safety Advice for Businesses online
By Post: Kingdom House Kingdom Avenue Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LY
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