Are risk assessments needed for the use and control of hazardous substances?

Yes. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) cover almost every workplace, from offices to factories, where hazardous substances may be used or produced.

The COSHH Regulations state that an employer shall not carry on any work which is liable to expose employees (or other persons on the premises) to any substance hazardous to health, unless an assessment of the risks to health and of the steps which need to be taken has been carried out.

Visit the Health and Safety Executive website for more information about COSHH.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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