COSHH : Control of substances hazardous to health guidelines

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 …


  • Approved Code of Practice and guidance
  • You can download the guidance document here
  • There is also a book available to buy from the HSE website

The book contains the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (as amended) (COSHH) and covers all substances to which the Regulations apply.

It outlines the preferred or recommended methods that can be used to comply with the Regulations and the accompanying guidance also provides advice on achieving compliance, such as the control of carcinogenic substances or those causing occupational asthma, monitoring control measures and conducting health surveillance.

Material supporting regulations 7, 9, 10 and 11 has been updated since the 2005 edition to take account of regulatory changes – for example, the introduction of the EU Regulations for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Enforcement and Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) in 2008 – and to clarify the requirements of the Regulations.

The book is for duty holders and health and safety professionals, but managers and health and safety representatives may also find it useful.