Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH)—essential requirements
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH)—essential requirements

The following Environment guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH)—essential requirements
  • Industrial diseases
  • Substances hazardous to health
  • Legal duties
  • COSHH risk assessment
  • Prohibition of certain substances
  • Other key requirements
  • Liabilities

Industrial diseases

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH), SI 2002/2677, is one of the most important health and safety laws for any business that uses chemicals.

Thousands of workers are made ill every year by hazardous substances, contracting lung diseases, cancer and skin diseases

Examples of harmful substances and the diseases that they can give rise to:

Hazardous substance Disease
Dust in air Lung diseases
Metalworking fluids Dermatitis and asthma
Wet cement Chemical burns or dermatitis
Benzene in crude oil Leukaemia

For guidance on occupational health claims please see Practice Notes: Dermatitis and sensitisation conditions and Asthma.

Substances hazardous to health

COSHH defines 'substance hazardous to health' as including:

  1. substances which meet the criteria for classification as hazardous within any health hazard class laid down in the CLP Regulation whether or not the substance is classified under that regulation. For more on the CLP Regu