Health & Safety - COSHH

Posted 15 April 2019

Blog tags: Health & Safety

In this month's update, we are focussing on the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) which has particular relevance to many of our learners and employers.

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)

Most businesses use substances, or products that are mixtures of substances. Some processes create substances. These could cause harm to employees, contractors and other people. Sometimes substances are easily recognised as harmful. Common substances such as paint, bleach or dust from natural materials may also be harmful.


COSHH Regulations

The COSSH Regulations apply to any substances that are hazardous to health. Substances can take many forms and include:

  • Chemicals
  • Products containing chemicals
  • Fumes
  • Dust
  • Vapours
  • Mists
  • Nano technology
  • Gasses and asphyxiating gages
  • Biological agents (germs)


If the packaging has any of the hazard symbols then it is classed as a hazardous substance. Also germs that cause diseases such as leptospirosis or legionnaires disease and germs used in laboratories.

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