Brexit: Transition period
The UK has now left the EU. Your health and safety responsibilities have not changed in the transition period.
If you use chemicals at work, you should:
- look out for the changes and check that you are doing what is needed to use the chemical safely. If you are an employer, alert your employees to these changes too;
- speak to your chemical suppliers if you have any questions or if you don’t understand the changes that have been made.
- if you are an employer, provide your employees with adequate information, instruction and training;
- follow the advice provided on the new labels and, where appropriate, in Safety Data Sheets;
Remember that other laws apply when using chemicals at work to ensure the protection of workers. Guidance and advice on the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) is available here:
Some workers may be especially vulnerable, for example, young people or pregnant/breast-feeding mothers. Additional helpful advice and guidance is available:
Advice on consumer protection is available from www.Gov.uk
Although written for manufacturers, the BIS guidance document on Product Safety for Manufacturers contains lots of useful information:
The Office of Fair Trading also provides advice on the Sale of Goods Act:
If you need more advice, you should ask your local trading standards office.