In 2002 the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) were brought into force with the intention of creating protections for employees who work with hazardous substances. These regulations set out the measures that employers must take to ensure workplaces remain safe by establishing what practices can result in harm and seek to reduce the likelihood of this harm occurring by identifying risks. Some of the steps that employers are expected to take include:
- identifying risk and deciding what precautions are needed;
- prevent or control exposure to hazardous substances;
- ensure control measures are used and maintained;
- monitor any exposure to hazardous substances;
- carry out health surveillance;
- have in place plans and procedures to deal with accidents, incidents and emergencies; and
- provide employees with appropriate information, training and supervision.
With all employers having a duty of care to protect employees and others who interact with their business, failure to adhere to COSHH can result in an investigation being carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or local authority, with enforcement proceedings or criminal prosecutions potentially resulting from this. The Regulatory and Compliance Lawyers at Wilford Smith have a comprehensive understanding of health and safety law across all sectors and business and have the skills, knowledge and determination to achieve the best result for you should you find yourself accused of breaching health and safety regulations in the course of your business.
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