The key aim was to assess if COSHH essentials is helping to improve chemical control among small to medium sized enterprises (SME's). 500 interviews were undertaken over the telephone, in the first instance with the named contact, or person with dedicated responsibility for health and safety at that site. The target sample was SME's defined as establishments with up to 249 employees at the site of interview. In addition, eight qualitative interviews were conducted to provide depth of analysis. Conclusions reached include: the guidance may not be hitting the smallest firms in its target market; overall few respondents to the survey have experienced any problems with the guidance; those who did either thought it was not specific enough for their work, or thought they needed more general, simpler guidance and on the legislation.
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