Regulations and legislation for hazardous substances
Hazardous substances are commonly used in the workplace but what are the regulations and legislation that you should be following to make sure that any risk to your workers are reduced or dealt with.
When it comes to hazardous substances there are 3 main pieces of legislation that you should be aware of. These are as follows:
Control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH)
Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR)
The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012
COSHH is the law that requires an employer to control substances that could be hazardous to health, and this includes nano-materials. Here are a list of bullet points you can work through to help with reducing risks involved with using hazardous substances:
finding out what the health hazards are
deciding how to prevent harm to health (risk assessment)
providing control measures to reduce harm to health
making sure they are used
keeping all control measures in good working order
providing information, instruction and training for employees and others
providing monitoring and health surveillance in appropriate cases
planning for emergencies.
Most businesses will use substances or materials made from several substances that could cause harm to employees, customers, or the public. Not all hazardous substances are marked and obvious so make sure to check any new products you might use, and risk assess the accordingly.