COSHH and agricultural workers - key messages

Substances hazardous to health in agriculture include:

Cleaning activities also give rise to hazardous substances.

Control measures include:

Example: grain dust

Grain dust can cause asthma and other diseases when breathed in.

You must reduce exposure to grain dust as far below the WEL of 10 mg/m3 as is reasonably practicable. You normally need to use health surveillance. (Check employees health for any adverse effects related to work. This may involve checking skin for dermatitis or asking questions about breathing and may need to be done by a doctor or nurse.)

Help to identify the right controls is on the agriculture website. Control information for grain dust appears in the following information sheets available from the COSHH essentials information sheets.

Visit the Agriculture web pages for more information.


Your employer provides equipment to protect your health, such as:

You have a duty to use these properly and co-operate with any monitoring and health surveillance.