The use of chemicals in the workplace is covered by the Control of Substances Hazardous to Heath Regulations (COSHH)
COSHH Assessments look at how you and where use the substance and provide you with details of the risks that you face from them. Whereas the manufactures data sheet only tells you about the substance. Try to substitute an alternative safer product for those that have a high risk. Always use the lowest risk substances that will adequately perform the task required.
COSHH Assessments provide you with details of the risks that you face from substances that you may use while carrying out your work. Always read the COSHH Assessment before you use a new substance and make sure that you understand how to use it safely.
The assessments give detail the precautions that you must follow when using the substance; the emergency procedures to follow if there is a spillage or accident while it is being used, and the appropriate first aid treatment. Hazardous substances are marked with warning symbols that show the type of risk that they pose.
Always read the COSHH Assessment before you use a new substance to make sure that you understand how to use it safely and provide the correct type of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Following the information in these documents will ensure your safety, the safety of others working around you and members of the public. Additionally, this guidance will help you to meet your legal obligations on health and safety at work and the environment.
Everyone who may be in contact with a substance should receive instruction, information and training on how to use the substance and be issued with personal protective equipment to ensure that there is the lowest risk possible