Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations

Archive image of a contractor sandblasting outside in full PPE, circa 1970s USA.

Enacted in 1988, this series of regulations expand on the general requirement to protect people from harm by providing employers (and contractors) with details on how to apply protection when it comes to substances hazardous to health. In COSHH’s guidelines, dangerous substances can take many forms, including chemicals, dust, vapour, mists, fumes, gases, and much more. COSHH also specifically outlines exposure limits, general safety guidelines, safety data sheets, types of PPE and their uses, control measures, monitoring, health surveillance, training, emergency planning, and risk assessments.