COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health)
Using chemicals or other hazardous substances at work can put people's health at risk, causing diseases including asthma, dermatitis or cancer. The COSHH regulations require employers to control substances that can harm workers' health.
What to do if you come into contact with a hazardous substance.
You need to plan and practice to cope with foreseeable accidents, incidents or emergencies. This means:
- The right equipment to deal with the emergency (e.g. a spill), including protective equipment and decontamination products;
- The right procedures to deal with a casualty;
- The right people trained to take action;
- The right arrangements to deal with the waste created.
Everybody needs to know your emergency plans. Involve safety representatives and employees and you would also require making such information available to the emergency services where they may be involved.
National Services Scotland
This section contains key information, advice and support for managers and staff to assist them in undertaking their roles and responsibilities under the NSS Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Procedure.
Chemicals are part of modern life, and we are likely to encounter them everyday - from chemicals used at work, to products in the home such as paint, and detergents and pesticides used in the garden. We need to be able to identify and manage risks from chemicals.
More details can be found on the Health and Safety Executive website section - Chemicals
NSS Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Procedure
The COSHH regulations require employers to control substances that can harm workers' health. The NSS COSHH Procedure can be found below in the Policy and Process page
NSS Liquid Nitrogen Procedure
The NSS Liquid Nitrogen Procedure can be found below in the Policy and Process page.
Learning and Development
You will be able to find details on learning and development opportunities across NSS within the HR Connect Page - Learning and Development and Organisational Development
For specific COSHH learning log onto Learnpro
- Mandatory for Role - NSS: COSHH
- Mandatory for All - Health and Safety Induction
- Mandatory for Role - NSS Workplace Safety
Websites and Videos
Health & Safety Executive:
- Poster: COSHH Safe Handling of Chemicals
- Publications: Control of substances hazardous to health (sixth edition) - The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002: Approved Code of Practice and Guidance
- Publications: Working with substances hazardous to Health: A brief guide to COSHH
- Publications: EH40/2005 Workplace exposure limits
- Publications: Safe use and handling of flammable liquids
- Publications: Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
- Publications: Management of Health and Safety Regulations 1999
If you require additional information you can contact the NSS Health & Safety Advisors through HR Connect Contact Us / Health and Safety
COSHH regulations require employers to control substance which could be hazardous to the health of their employees. NHS 24 has safety data sheets for all products used which may be hazardous to employees. Full details of these can be found in S Drive > NHS 24 Safety Data Sheets.
NHS 24's policy for Control of Substances Hazardous to health can be found here.
NHS Golden Jubilee
COSHH is the law that requires employers to control substances that are hazardous to health. Most businesses use substances or products that are mixtures of substances. These substances might be harmful to the health of patients, employees, contractors and other people. Before starting to use a new substance at NHS Golden Jubilee a COSHH risk assessment must be carried out, using the form shown below.
Public Health Scotland
Scottish Ambulance Service
The purpose of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 as amended (COSHH) is to protect workers from harm arising from substances used at their normal place of work or work process.
The Scottish Ambulance Service recognises the responsibility placed upon it by the COSHH and will take all steps that are reasonable and practical in order to comply with the requirements of those regulations.
This policy and accompanying Service COSHH procedures are based on the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the COSHH. The legislation applies to all people at work and other persons affected by such work.