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Updated COSHH advice praised by SMEs

NEW, easy-to-use guidance is now available for businesses on how to deal with a hazardous substances in the workplace.

The revised publication ‘Working with Substances Hazardous to Health’, which offers advice and guidance on working safely with a variety of substances, including quarry dust, is mainly aimed at employers in smaller businesses, to help them meet their specific duties under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations.

Representatives from small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMEs) who were involved in developing the guidance, and whose ideas were included in the new publication, have praised it for being practical and user-friendly.

As well as making an important contribution to the economy, SMEs are affected by a significant number of occupational health-related issues each year, and helping them to comply with health and safety law is a key goal in the new Health and Safety Executive (HSE) strategy.

Steve Coldrick of the HSE said: ‘This is an example of how we are working with small businesses to provide them with the practical advice they need to protect their employees’ health.’

The HSE has also recently updated the COSHH guidance on its website. The site now contains case studies, example risk assessments, answers common queries and provides straightforward ‘how to’ advice for businesses.

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