What is a “substance hazardous to health”?
COSHH Essentials sets out basic advice on what to do to control exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace. It takes the form of straightforward advice in â€˜factsheetsâ€™ called â€˜control guidance sheetsâ€™. There are two types of sheets, industry-specific â€˜direct advice sheetsâ€™ and â€˜generic control guidance sheetsâ€™.
First check the direct advice sheets listed by industry to see if there are any direct advice sheets for tasks or processes in your industry. If your industry is not listed don’t worry, you can use our e-tool to identify which generic control guidance sheets are appropriate.
COSHH covers substances that are hazardous to health. Substances can take many forms and include:
- products containing chemicals
- gasesandÂ asphyxiating gasesÂ and
- biological agents(germs). If the packaging has any of the hazard symbols then it is classed as a hazardous substance.
- germs that cause diseasesÂ such as leptospirosis or legionnaires diseaseÂ andÂ germs used in laboratories.