Unit 2 – COSHH Legislation

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The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 comes under the Health and Safety at Work act 1974 and were put in place to cater for substances that can cause harm. This law requires employers to control substances hazardous to health in the work place.

The COSHH regulations place a number of duties on the employer and employees.

Employers Must:

  • Carry out a COSHH risk assessment
  • Prevent or control exposure to hazardous substances
  • Implement control measures and ensure they are used correctly
  • Ensure control measures are maintained and tested
  • Monitor exposure of employees within the workplace (workplace exposure limits)
  • Were appropriate, provide health surveillance
  • Provide employees with suitable and sufficient information, instruction and training
  • Have arrangements to deal with accidents, incidents and emergencies involving hazardous substances

Employee’s Must:

  • Use control measures and facilities provided
  • Reporting defects/insufficiencies in control measures
  • Wear and store personal protective equipment (PPE) as instructed
  • Removing PPE that could cause contamination before eating or drinking
  • Use facilities for washing, showering and bathing when required
  • Maintaining a high level of personal hygiene
  • Complying with any information, instruction or training that is provided

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