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Hazardous Substances

This page provides guidance about work with substances that are hazardous, and identify what is required to ensure compliance with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations, the Ionising Radiation Regulations, the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmosphere Regulations (DSEAR) and the Control of Artificial Optical Radiation at Work Regulations.

The Regulations require employers to protect staff and other people against health risks that may arise from work activities involving hazardous substances.

Employers must ensure that work is not undertaken that is liable to expose any staff or other people to any hazardous substances unless a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks created by that work has been undertaken and that suitable and sufficient control measures have been implemented to reduce that risk to the lowest level reasonably practicable.

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