The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) aims to protect people from the harmful health effects of substances used at work. It does this by requiring employers to carry out a risk assessment and as a result to take steps either to prevent exposure or to control the risks to their employees (or others who may be affected) from such substances. However, in a few cases, where risks are high or difficult to control, it imposes restrictions on the supply or use of the substances. Many of these supply and use restrictions stem from the EC's Marketing and Use Directive (76/769/EEC). COSHH is supported by an Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) which gives practical advice on compliance.
In this Consultative Document the HSC proposes:
The above changes would be introduced by the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (COSHH 2004). These Regulations will also introduce a new occupational exposure limit framework for hazardous substances (for further details see CD 189).