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Workplaces can be very dangerous places and the risk of accident from hazardous substances can be high, particularly in certain sectors. The effects of exposure to hazardous substances can range from mild eye irritation to chronic lung disease or even death.

As a result, the Government requires employers to comply with The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH). These rules afford some protection to employees, but exposure to hazardous substances does still occur.

Who is at risk?

There are a number of industries in which hazardous chemicals and dangerous substances are used to enable certain processes and functions; however, even workers in a small coffee shop are likely to be affected because they will use industrial cleaning agents on a regular basis.

The following employment sectors should pay particular notice to COSHH regulations:

  • Agriculture
  • Baking
  • Beauty
  • Catering
  • Cleaning
  • Engineering
  • Hairdressing
  • Offshore oil and gas
  • Printing
  • Motor vehicle repair
  • Welding
  • Woodworking

For more information please go to the HSE.Gov website.

Hazardous substances and you


If you have been involved in an accident or have been affected by a hazardous substance then you may be eligible for compensation. You may also have a few questions.

You'll find some of the answers by clicking on the links below. Or give us a call on 0800 0891 331 and one of our specialist personal injury lawyers will be happy to chat things through, free of charge and with no obligation.

What are hazardous substances?
What are non-controlled hazardous substances?
What are the effects of hazardous substances?
What can employers do to comply with the rules?
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002

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If you or a loved one have been affected by a hazardous substance at work, even if you are unsure whether you would be able to claim compensation, contact our specialist lawyers today on 0800 0891 331.  

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