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Sector plan for health and safety in chemicals

This sector covers chemicals manufacture, product formulation and supply, refineries and storage of hazardous substances. As well as a range of health and safety at work risks from machinery, equipment and substances in use, the processes and quantities of hazardous substances involved present the potential for major incidents.

There are also potential risks to human health and the environment in the industrial and domestic use of chemical products. Chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing employs around 245 000 people and contributes around £23 billion to the economy.

The plan

This plan covers the current position, priorities and what HSE will do to help Great Britain work well.

Updated 2017-09-14