Hazardous substances at work advice issued

The safety watchdog has overhauled its guidance on controlling hazardous substances in the workplace.

This is to ensure companies continue to act within the law regarding their employees’ health.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revised its Approved Code of Practice (ACOP). This clarifies and simplifies practical guidance to help duty holders comply with the requirements of Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH).

It is targeted at management, supervisory workers, safety representatives and technical specialists – such as occupational hygienists and consultants.

Assistance at hand

If you have been the victim of an incident at work involving hazardous substances which has caused you to suffer harm, then you can seek legal advice.

As a leading national law firm, Accident Advice Helpline (AAH) can help you get compensation from a work injury claim if you’ve been hurt in an accident at work.

AAH is trusted for offering a 100% no-win, no-fee* solution with friendly, helpful staff and a 24/7 free legal advice hotline, and it is endorsed by consumer champion Esther Rantzen.

So if you’ve suffered a work accident of any type, check out the AAH website, which also provides an informative blog page.

Latest guidance available

The updates reflect other continuing reviews of hazardous substances in technical guidance linked to COSHH. This includes advice on Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) and Health Surveillance.

The alterations follow a period of public consultation and HSE Board and Government approval.

The upgraded ACOP can be found on the HSE website.

It issues advice on several health and safety subjects concerning hazardous materials, including “displaying suitable and sufficient warning signs” and “specifying appropriate decontamination and disinfection procedures”.

Following the advice is not mandatory, according to the revised ACOP. But “if you do follow the guidance you will normally be doing enough to comply with the law”.

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