Is asbestos covered by COSHH?

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COSHH does not cover asbestos. Although asbestos is a hazardous substance it is not covered by ‘The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002’. Although asbestos is a hazardous substance and comes in the form of dust, it is excluded from the COSHH regulations. Asbestos is now covered by ‘The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012’. Within the COSHH regulations, it states that the requirement to carry out COSHH assessments does not apply to asbestos.

COSHH (The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) is the law that requires organisations to control substances that are hazardous to health of their employees.

COSHH covers a number of different hazardous materials including, chemicals, vapours, gases and dust. These must be contained in COSHH storage units such as COSHH cabinets. We also sell a variety of other cabinets relevant to hygiene and health. Our selection of first aid cabinets are a must-have for workplaces, and our stainless steel cabinets are perfect for environments that require high standards of hygiene.

What does coshh cover?

COSHH covers a vast number of hazardous materials these include:

  • Chemicals
  • Nanotechnology
  • Dusts
  • Fumes
  • Vapours
  • Gases and asphyxiating gases
  • Biological agents
  • Germs that can cause Leptospirosis or Legionnaires disease

What does coshh not cover?

COSHH does not cover asbestos, lead or radioactive substances; these hazardous materials each have their own set of regulations.

Peter