Classification and other chemical controls
Chemical classification is used to regulate the supply and use of chemicals.
In some cases, classification can act as the basis for requiring additional chemical controls, protective measures, or restrictions on sale or use. This is usually the case where the chemicals are particularly harmful, where they may have the chance of affecting a wide population or the environment because of the volumes involved and where the chemicals are used in the workplace.
These additional controls or restrictions appear in other more specific pieces of law. The following is not a complete list of other laws which refer to classification to establish their scope but gives an idea of how classification acts as the basis for much wider chemical regulation and why it is important to ensure classification is accurate:
- Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH)
- Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations (COMAH)
- Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (MHSWR) – in respect of pregnant or breastfeeding employees, and young people at work.
- UK REACH Regulation
- GB PPP Regulation
- GB BP Regulation