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Small companies

This section contains information for small and medium-sized companies within the chemical sector. It is intended to signpost important guidance to enable new or existing companies to obtain basic information on chemical hazards and risk control measures. The leaflets listed below can be downloaded from this website. Additionally, HSE publishes a range of priced publications covering a broad range of chemical and major hazard risks. These are listed below and can be obtained from HSE Books. A free small firms pack containing basic health and safety information is also available and can be obtained from your local Regulatory Compliance Officer - see under 'Who are we?'. 

Free leaflets included in the HID small companies pack

Free leaflets(one copy only)
General Guidance
Publication CODE REF
Chemical Reaction Hazards and the Risk of Thermal Runaway... INDG254 (1997) ISBN 0 7176 1404 2
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health
Biological monitoring in the workplace INDG245 (1997) ISBN 0 7176 1450 6
Preventing contact dermatitis at work INDG233 (2007) ISBN 9 7807 1766 1831
Working safely with solvents INDG273 (1998) ISBN 0 7176 2246 0
Working with substances hazardous to health: A brief guide to COSHH INDG136 (2012) ISBN 9 7807 1766 4863
Emergency Action for Burns INDG161L (1997) ISBN 0 7176 1444 1
Labelling, Packaging and Transport
The idiots guide to CHIP (revised) INDG350 (2002) ISBN 0 7176 2333 5
Read the label - how to find out if chemicals are dangerous INDG352 (2002) ISBN 0 7176 2366 1
For Work with Substances Hazardous to Health
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health    

Priced publications

General Guidance
Formula for Health and Safety - Guidance for Small and Medium-sized Firms in the Chemical Industry HSG166 (1997) ISBN 0 7176 0996 £8.95
Designing and Operating Safety Chemical and Reaction Processes HSG143 (2000) ISBN 0 7176 1051 9 £12.50
For Storage and Handling of Dangerous Substances
Chemical warehousing - The storage of packaged dangerous substances HSG71 (1998) ISBN 0 7176 1484 0 £9.50
Bulk Storage of Acids - Guidance on the Storage of Hydrochloric Acid and Nitric in Tanks HSG235 (2003) ISBN 0 7176 2683 0 £9.50
Where Special Protection is Needed against Risks from Fire, Explosion Arising from Dangerous Substances Used or Present in the Workplace
Safe Handling of Combustible Dusts: Precautions Against Explosions HSG103 (2003) ISBN 0 7176 2726 8 £10.95
The Safe Use and Handling of Flammable Liquids HSG140 (1996) ISBN 0 7176 0967 7 £8.50
The Storage of Flammable Liquids in Tanks HSG176 (1998) ISBN 0 7176 1470 0 £9.50
Lift Trucks in Potentially Flammable Atmospheres HSG113 (1996) ISBN 0 7176 0706 2 £7.75
For Work with Substances Hazardous to Health
Personal Protective Equipment at Work - Personal Equipment at Work Regulations 1992: Guidance on Regulations L25 (1992) ISBN 0 7176 0415 2 £5.75
Controlling airborne contaminants at work HSG 258 (2008) ISBN 9780717662982 £12.95
For High Hazard Operations and Maintenance
Out of Control - Why Control Systems go Wrong and how to Prevent Failure HSG238 (2003) ISBN 0 7176 2192 8 £11.95
Guidance on Permit-to-Work Systems in the Petroleum Industry (1997) ISBN 0 7176 1281 3 £8.50
Updated 2015-10-28