The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1994 (COSHH), provide the main British legislation to protect against health risks arising from hazardous substances used at work.
Under the regulations, employers have a duty to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment and take steps to ensure exposure is adequately controlled.
The paper by Topping et al. (1998) concluded that small firms need more basic, readily available advice on how to effectively control hazardous substances.
To meet this need the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Advisory Committee on Toxic Substances (ACTS) have developed a new scheme for the UK.
It involves a simple system of generic risk assessments to identify appropriate control strategies and a series of control guidance sheets providing good-practice examples of those strategies for common operations.
The approach builds on earlier industry risk banding schemes and HSE's general approach to risk assessment and risk management.
To help ensure the advice reaches small firms, HSE is seeking to involve key intermediaries in its dissemination.
This paper describes the rationale for the new UK scheme, how it sits in the legal framework, and proposals for its dissemination.
The papers by Brooke (1998) and Maidment (1998) set out in detail the technical basis for the scheme.
Mots-clés Pascal : Petite moyenne entreprise, Royaume Uni, Europe, Composé chimique, Toxique, Produit dangereux, Exposition professionnelle, Médecine travail, Homme, Travailleur(protection), Réglementation, Recommandation, Contrôle, Prévention, Concentration maximale admissible, Teneur air ambiant
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Small medium sized firm, United Kingdom, Europe, Chemical compound, Poison, Dangerous product, Occupational exposure, Occupational medicine, Human, Worker(protection), Regulation, Recommendation, Check, Prevention, Maximum permissible concentration, Ambient air concentration
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0028385
Code Inist : 002B03L01. Création : 31/05/1999.