What is COSHH?
COSHH stands for the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health.
Under the COSHH regulations 2002, employers are legally obligated to control the use of substances that could be hazardous to the health of their workers.
Almost any substance which could be hazardous to health will be subject to COSHH regulations. The main exceptions are lead, asbestos and radioactive materials, as they are governed by specific legislation.
Why are COSHH regulations important?
COSHH regulations protect your workers against short and long-term health problems. Exposure to substances regulated by COSHH can cause serious health problems, including cancers, skin conditions and diseases, COPD and lung diseases.
Failure to comply with COSHH regulations puts your people and your business at risk. It also leaves you open to criminal prosecution and compensation claims.