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
- Provide advice and guidance to centres working with harmful micro-organisms and genetically modified organisms.
- Undertake inspections of premises undertaking work with micro-organisms classified in Hazard Groups 3 and 4 or research activities with micro-organisms in Hazard Group 2 or any work with genetically modified micro-organisms.
The Notification Team
The Policy Team
- Negotiate and implement EU and international law and Conventions on biological agents and GMOs
- Develop national legislation
- Ensure that the regulatory regime covering biological agents is in line with over-arching government policies.
Local General Inspectors
Contact details for: Local General Inspectors