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HSE and Infection at Work

HSE operates and enforces legislation in Great Britain that aims to control the risks to human health from micro-organisms people may be exposed to at work.

The principal legislation that applies is the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH). These regulations cover hazardous substances including biological agents (pathogenic micro-organisms) and they contain a schedule of special provisions relating to biological agents. COSHH, together with the associated Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs), require employers to assess the risks of exposure to biological agents (micro-organisms) and either prevent exposure (where reasonably practicable) or control it adequately.

Who we are

The Specialist Inspector Team

The Notification Team

The Policy Team

Local General Inspectors

Contact details for: Local General Inspectors

The Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (ACDP)

More about the: Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (ACDP)

Updated 2017-12-06