COSHH information updated

Information on controlling substances that are hazardous to the health of workers has been updated. HSE has revised Approved Code of Practice L5 to clarify and simplify practical advice to help duty holders comply with the requirements of Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH).

The sixth edition of L5 also takes account of regulatory changes following the introduction of the EU Regulations for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals (REACH) and European Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures. The revised guidance is aimed at management, supervisory staff, safety representatives and technical specialists.

The revisions reflect other ongoing reviews of technical guidance associated with COSHH, eg for local exhaust ventilation and on health surveillance, and clarify specialist terminology wherever possible.

The new version of L5 is available at: Note that legal responsibilities to protect workers’ health and safety are not altered by any changes to Approved Codes of Practice.

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