What does the law require?

The law requires employers to adequately control exposure to materials in the workplace that cause ill health. This includes controlling exposure to materials that cause skin diseases and to materials that enter the body through the skin and cause problems elsewhere. 

Employers and employees need to comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (as amended) (COSHH). They require employers to:

  • assess risks;
  • provide adequate control measures and ensure their use and maintenance;
  • provide information, instruction and training;
  • provide health surveillance in appropriate cases.

More detailed information on legal requirements.

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Updated 2021-05-04