COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health)
Using chemicals or other hazardous substances at work can put people's health at risk, causing diseases including asthma, dermatitis or cancer. The COSHH regulations require employers to control substances that can harm workers' health.
What to do if you come into contact with a hazardous substance.
You need to plan and practice to cope with foreseeable accidents, incidents or emergencies. This means:
- The right equipment to deal with the emergency (e.g. a spill), including protective equipment and decontamination products;
- The right procedures to deal with a casualty;
- The right people trained to take action;
- The right arrangements to deal with the waste created.
Everybody needs to know your emergency plans. Involve safety representatives and employees and you would also require making such information available to the emergency services where they may be involved.
National Services Scotland
The COSHH regulations require employers to control substances that can harm workers' health. In this section you will find the NSS COSHH Procedure along with key HSE guidance to assist NSS management and staff to ensure adequate measures are in place to prevent exposure to hazardous substances.
In addition, the NSS Liquid Nitrogen procedure is created from the information contained within the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, the Management of Health and Safety Regulations 1999 and the current COSHH Regulations and Approved Codes of Practice.
If you require additional information you can contact the NSS Health & Safety Advisors through HR Connect Contact Us / Health and Safety
COSHH regulations require employers to control substance which could be hazardous to the health of their employees. NHS 24 has safety data sheets for all products used which may be hazardous to employees. Full details of these can be found in S Drive > NHS 24 Safety Data Sheets.
NHS 24's policy for Control of Substances Hazardous to health can be found here.
NHS Golden Jubilee
COSHH is the law that requires employers to control substances that are hazardous to health. Most businesses use substances or products that are mixtures of substances. These substances might be harmful to the health of patients, employees, contractors and other people. Before starting to use a new substance at NHS Golden Jubilee a COSHH risk assessment must be carried out, using the form shown below.
Public Health Scotland
Scottish Ambulance Service
The purpose of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 as amended (COSHH) is to protect workers from harm arising from substances used at their normal place of work or work process.
The Scottish Ambulance Service recognises the responsibility placed upon it by the COSHH and will take all steps that are reasonable and practical in order to comply with the requirements of those regulations.
This policy and accompanying Service COSHH procedures are based on the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the COSHH. The legislation applies to all people at work and other persons affected by such work.