Chemical Safety Legislation

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH)

This is the cornerstone of chemical safety compliance and requires a formal ‘assessment’ to be carried out to determine the hazards involved and the precautions necessary to be put in place to avoid chemical exposure from the work to be undertaken.

 Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR)

Where quantities of flammable liquid/vapour or compressed gases are being used or have a potential to be released into the atmosphere, specific control measures relating to controlling these flammable and/or explosive atmospheres must be put in place.

The Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000

Users and owners of pressure systems are required to demonstrate that they know the safe operating limits principally pressure and temperature and can show that their system is safe under those conditions.

Chemical Weapons Convention

Monitored by the Department of Energy and Climate Change these chemicals are placed in 3 categories and are subject to an external authorised licence regime and annual declaration.

Anti-Terrorism Crime & Security Act 2001

This relates to Pathogens & Toxins which are subject to stringent registration, storage and security controls monitored by external enforcing authorities such as the Home Office and National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO).

Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and Drug Precursor Regulations 2004

Activity involving the use of controlled drugs and category 1 drug precursors require to be registered with the Home Office.

Registration,Evaluation,Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals

(REACH) Regulations 2007

This places the burden on manufacturers to provide better safety information on the use of chemical to assist downstream users to better manage chemical risk issues