Employers must carry out a risk assessment and introduce measures to reduce health risks to employees and others. To help with your assessment, you can get safety data sheets from chemical manufacturers, which provide information on how to handle hazardous substances.
We inspect workplaces to make sure companies are following hazardous substance regulations.
For more information on harmful substances, refer to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations. The regulation does not cover lead, asbestos and radioactive substances which have separate policies.