Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations

Summary of Changes

The changes to the COSHH policy primarily reflect changes to the way in which chemicals are now being classified and labelled under the Globally Harmonised System (GHS), which is being phased in over a number of years. The EU Regulation which implements these changes is already fully in force for the labelling of individual chemicals, but the next phase of implementation will commence in 2015 for chemical mixtures, with a two year transition period to take account of stocks already in the supply chain. These arrangements are highlighted in section 3 of the revised policy, section 1 of appendix 1, and in a new appendix 5.

 Appendix 5 also sets out the requirement for departments to replace any old style hazard warning labels with GHS compliant ones, to review their COSHH assessments, local documentation and protocols to ensure that additional controls are not required under the new classification system, along with the time line for ensuring that these actions are complete.

 A new section 4 refers to flammable substances or pyrophoric materials whose physicochemical properties are covered by other legislation (Dangerous Substances Explosive Atmospheres Regulations, DSEAR), but where the control measures are normally similar to those under COSHH and which, for convenience, are generally covered adequately by the University’s COSHH assessment form.

 Section 10(c) covers the requirement for the retention of health records where individuals are using certain substances such as carcinogens, mutagens and nanoparticles.

  1. Introduction

  2. Exposure to hazardous substances

  3. Definition of hazardous substances

  4. Substances presenting fire and explosion risks

  5. What do the COSHH Regulations require?

  6. Risk Assessment

  7. Control of exposure and control measures

  8. Use and maintenance of control measures

  9. Monitoring of exposure

  10. Health surveillance

  11. Information, instruction and training

  12. Prohibitions on certain substances

  13. Glossary

  14. Appendicies

 

THIS STATEMENT FORMS PART OF THE UNIVERSITY SAFETY POLICY.  UNIVERSITY POLICY NOTE S6/05 IS WITHDRAWN.  PLEASE AMEND THE INDEX.

J Black

 

August 2014