Code of Practice - Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) | Health & Safety | University of Greenwich (2023)

Introduction

Most businesses either use or process hazardous substances, in one form or another, including the University.

The way these hazardous substances are purchased, stored and used is governed by legislation.

The two main pieces of legislation that apply to the University are:

  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations and
  • Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres (DSEAR) Regulations

These place a duty on the employer, (the University), to protect its employees, and others, from ill health caused by these substances.

This document describes the control measures appropriate for meeting legal requirements and promotes best practice for work involving the use of substances Hazardous to Health.

It aims to provide those responsible for the use of hazardous substances with information on the steps they need to take to ensure compliance with current legislation. These guidelines may, where appropriate, be incorporated into Faculty or Directorate policies and procedures.

Definition of a Hazardous Substance:

In general terms, a hazardous substance or preparation (mixture) is one with the potential to cause harm to health.

This harm could occur upon contact with the substance or if it is inhaled, ingested or absorbed into the body.

The COSHH regulations set out more specific definitions – Any substance that:

  • Is identified as very toxic, toxic, harmful, corrosive or irritant
  • Has an approved Workplace Exposure Limit (WEL) set out by the HSE *
  • Is a biological agent, disease causing germ or nanotechnology. This may include Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) **
  • Generates airborne dust
  • Creates a risk to health, despite not falling within the above categories, because of its chemical or toxicological properties and the way it is used or is present in the workplace.

* See document 'EH40/2005 – Workplace Exposure Limits'
** Note: A separate set of regulations are in place for 'Genetically Modified Organisms': 'Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations 2014'

Risk assessments

As with many other health and safety duties, the underlying management principles of COSHH, i.e. finding out what you have and then deciding what to do, are most easily documented within a risk assessment.

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Suitable and appropriate COSHH risk assessments must be carried out for any activities requiring the use of substances hazardous to health.The depth of this COSHH risk assessment will vary depending on the complexity and degree of risk. The format of the assessment will therefore need to reflect this.

<See Checklists and Forms below for possible templates>

When completing a COSHH risk assessment, the first step is always to consider whether exposure can be prevented.

To do this you will need to understand the extent of the risk presented to staff, students, visitors and anyone else affected, giving consideration to:

  • The hazardous properties and health effects of the substance and /or the approved classification of any biological agent (e.g from labels or as described in the material safety datasheet or other trade information provided by the supplier)
  • The level, type and duration of potential exposure.
  • The circumstances of the work, including the amount of the substance(s) involved.
  • Activities such as maintenance, where there is potential for a higher level of exposure.
  • Any relevant workplace exposure limits (WEL)
  • The results of relevant health surveillance or exposure monitoring
  • Where the work involves exposure to more than one hazardous substance, the risk presented by such substances in combination

If you are not able to prevent exposure, you need to control it adequately by applying the eight basic principles of good practice.

The 8 principles of good practice are:

  • Minimise emission, release and spread; Design and operate processes and activities to minimise emission, release and spread. Both the processes and procedures need to be considered and any sources of exposure should be reduced in number, size, emission or release rate, as much as possible.
  • Consider the routes of exposure. Exposure can occur through inhalation, skin absorption and ingestion. The physical, chemical and infectious properties of a substance, along with how it is used, can have a great bearing on which route of exposure is most important.
  • Choose control measures that are proportionate to the risk. Control measures that are adequate will take into account the nature and severity of the hazard and the magnitude, frequency and duration of exposure.
  • Choose effective control options. Choose the most effective and reliable control options for the circumstances. These should be directed at the main sources and causes of exposure, to minimise the escape and spread of substances hazardous to health.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Where adequate control of exposure cannot be achieved by other means, provide, in combination with other control measures, suitable personal protective equipment.
  • Review the effectiveness of controls; Check and regularly review all elements of control measures for their continuing effectiveness
  • Provide Information and Training. Inform and train all employees on the hazards and risks from the substances with which they work and the use of control measures developed to minimise the risks.
  • New Measures, New Risk. Ensure that the introduction of any control measures does not increase the overall risk to health and safety.

For substances that cause occupational asthma, cancer or damage to genes that can be passed from one generation to another, exposure must be reduced as far as reasonably practicable, below the Workplace Exposure Limit (WEL). However, the principles of good practice can be applied to any substance, irrespective of whether the substance has a Workplace Exposure Limit (WEL).

Further information, on what to consider when completing a COSHH risk assessment, can be found in the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance:

Additional information about specific types of COSHH risk assessment, and associated considerations, can be found as described below:

Effective Control Options

Protection measures should be appropriate to the activity and should be considered in the following order of priority:

  1. Use systems or processes that are inherently safe by design; e.g reduce the amount of hazardous substance used or produced or use equipment which totally encloses the process.
  2. Control exposure at the source by including adequate ventilation, reducing the number of employees exposed or and / or their level and duration of exposure.
  3. Use PPE, as a last resort, where adequate control cannot be provided by the other measures.

Any control measures introduced should be properly and fully used and regularly maintained to ensure they remain effective:

  • Local exhaust ventilation, including fume cupboards and biological safety cabinets, must be inspected and tested every 14 months
  • Respiratory protective equipment (except disposable masks) must be examined and tested regularly
  • Records of inspections, tests and repairs must be kept for at least five years

If, after all reasonable controls have been implemented, there is still a risk of a rare but severe exposure to one or more hazardous substances, or if the work involved carcinogens, mutagens or biological agents, you must consider arrangements to deal with any accident, incident or emergency that may involve these substances. This should include consideration for:

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  • first aid facilities,
  • evacuation procedures,
  • spillage containment and
  • provision of information to the emergency services

Training

Where required, suitable training should be provided to all personnel who may use hazardous substances and / or use equipment in which hazardous substances are used, processed or produced.

The level of training should be reflective of the risk / complexity of equipment being used.

Personal protective clothing and equipment (PPE)

Where necessary, after all other precautions have been taken, appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, eye protection and respirators should be provided and used. It must be ensured that any PPE provided is of the correct type and standard for the substance(s) and equipment being used.

Further guidance on selecting the correct PPE can be found on the HSE Personal Protective Equipment Microsite

Health surveillance / Exposure Monitoring

Exposure monitoring may be necessary where you suspect that current control measures are not adequately reducing the level of exposure below the WEL.

Health surveillance may be necessary if there is a disease associated with using a substance e.g cancer, dermatitis or asthma, and the conditions in the workplace mean that, after implementing all reasonable controls, personnel could still be at risk.

Surveillance is undertaken to detect adverse health effects from the use of, or exposure to, the substance(s) involved and reduce the risk of further harm.

Health surveillance is a process and may involve self-examination; Supervisor or Manager examination; or engagement with the University Occupational Health Service.

Records relating to individual health surveillance must be kept for at least 40 years.

Records of other monitoring must be kept for at least 5 years.

Environmental monitoring

Where the use of hazardous substances may lead to contamination of the air, water or ground, environmental monitoring should be considered and carried out if appropriate.

Hazardous waste disposal

Waste generated from the use of hazardous substances may need to be disposed of as hazardous waste. This waste could be residual material, intermediate substances generated by a process or paper / cloths used to clean up spillages.

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For further information about the management of Hazardous Waste, please refer to the University Code of Practice for Hazardous Waste

Checklists and forms

There is no legal requirement that determines the format of a COSHH risk assessment. It is the responsibility of the COSHH assessor to determine which format is best suited to document the substance or process being assessed.

The following University templates may be considered suitable:

  • The University COSHH assessment form would typically be used for lower risk substances, used on their own or as part of a simple mixture.
  • The University Science risk assessment form could be used to record the risk / associated controls, where multiple substances are being used.

In addition, the HSE website has several example COSHH assessments for specific industry types, which may be used as reference documents.

Alternative formats may be used as long as they contain the relevant details described within the Risk Assessment section above

Please note, there are separate risk assessment forms for notification ofGenetic Modification work.

Out of Hours and 'High Impact' Operations

Any work or process involving hazardous substances that will or may be required to operate out of hours, or are 'high impact' activities, e.g. activities in which a failure of a component or equipment can lead to fire, explosion or escape of toxic substances; requires the Estates and Facilities Directorate (EFD) to be notified, using theHigh Impact Activity Notification form.

This form should also be used for unattended running of apparatus outside normal hours.

High impact activities, involving flammable or explosive substances, should also be subject to a DSEAR (Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations) risk assessment, and suitable controls implemented as appropriate.

Responsibilities

The below responsibilities are to be considered alongside the general health and safety responsibilities set out in the Universities overarching Health and Safety Policy

Faculty Operating Officersand Directors of Professional Services

Are responsible for:

  • Ensuring suitable and sufficient risk assessments are carried out for all activities involving substances hazardous to health, associated with their Faculty/Directorate activities including teaching, research and support
  • Ensuring that risk assessments are conducted before the activity commences
  • Ensuring that the risk assessments are kept up-to-date, reviewed periodically (at least annually) and revised as necessary

Faculty Staff (Incl Academics, Researchers and Support Staff)

Are responsible for:

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  • Ensuring that suitable and sufficient risk assessments are carried out for all activities involving substances hazardous to health being undertaken for teaching and/or research within their areas
  • Ensuring that all students for which they are responsible, who are undertaking activities involving substances hazardous to health, are made aware of and are familiar with risk assessments relevant to the work being undertaken
  • Ensuring that all risk assessments for activities under their control are reviewed annually or sooner if there is a change in personnel, equipment used, substances used, new or revised relevant legislation or an incident involving the process to which the risk assessment relates

Professional Services (Supervisory) Staff

Are responsible for:

  • Ensuring that suitable and sufficient risk assessments are carried out for all activities involving substances hazardous to health being undertaken within their areas of responsibility
  • Ensuring that all staff for which they are responsible, who are undertaking activities involving substances hazardous to health, are made aware of and are familiar with risk assessments relevant to the work being undertaken
  • Ensuring that all risk assessments for activities under their control are reviewed annually or sooner if there is a change in personnel, equipment used, substances used, new or revised relevant legislation or an incident involving the process to which the risk assessment relates

Individuals (Staff and Students)

Are responsible for:

  • Following the control measures indicated in the risk assessments associated with any activities being undertaken
  • Informing their tutor or line manager of any incidents involving substances hazardous to health and/or associated equipment which have or may have caused injury to themselves or others.

The Occupational Health Service

Is responsible for:

  • Health assessments where requested for employees reporting health or medical problems that may be adversely affected by their work with hazardous substances.
  • providing individuals with confidential advice on health or medical problems relating to the use of hazardous substances
  • liaising with the University Health & Safety Unit,Faculty Operating Officeror Director of Office and Personnel where health or medical problems have been notified.
  • referring individuals to the University's Medical Adviser as appropriate.

The Health & Safety Unit

Is responsible for:

  • Writing, reviewing and issuing Codes of Practice and guidance associated with substances hazardous to health used at the University
  • advising and assisting with the provision of suitable training of personnel involved in the use of substances hazardous to health
  • making available the information and forms referred to in this Code, either directly or through the University Health and Safety web pages.
  • liaising withFaculty Operating Officers/Directors of Professional Servicesand Local Safety Officers on the implementation of this Code of Practice
  • providing advice to FOOs/Directors, Occupational Health Service and Local Safety Officers on health and safety issues arising from work with substances hazardous to health
  • liaising with the Occupational Health Service,Faculty Operating Officer/Director of Office and Local Safety Officer as necessary, where health or medical problems relating to the use of, or exposure to, substances hazardous to health have been notified

The Biological and Genetic Modification Safety Committee

Is responsible for:

  • Monitoring and reviewing relevant teaching, research and support activities and advising management, staff and students on relevant health and safety aspects of work associated with genetic modification

The University Biological Safety Adviser

Is responsible for:

  • Ensuring that suitable and sufficient risk assessments are made where necessary for projects and research where biological agents are involved

Contractors

Are responsible for:

  • Providing their University of Greenwich contact with copies of their risk assessments for hazardous substances intended for use on University premises.

Suppliers

Are responsible for:

  • Providing suitable and sufficient information by way of manufacturers' safety data sheets and any other relevant information in connection with materials and substances supplied for use by University staff or students.

See also HSE resources on Labelling and Packaging of hazardous substances and provision of REACH information and Safety Datasheets

FAQs

What is the COSHH code of practice? ›

Code of Practice - Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) The COSHH Regulations require employers to assess the risk to their employees, and to prevent or adequately control those risks.

What are the 3 main regulations of COSHH? ›

To comply with the COSHH Regulations, employers should:

Not use prohibited substances unless required for certain purposes. Assess the risks from hazardous substances to employees and others before work. This is known as a COSHH Assessment. Look at the precautions required and prevent exposure where possible.

What are the 6 substances covered by COSHH? ›

COSHH covers
  • chemicals.
  • products containing chemicals.
  • fumes.
  • dusts.
  • vapours.
  • mists.
  • nanotechnology.
  • gases and asphyxiating gases and.
13 Nov 2020

How do I get a COSHH certificate? ›

Study online or in your workplace

Much of our COSHH training can be studied online and each course is delivered as a structured programme that you can complete at your own convenience. For some of the COSHH training that we offer, courses can also be delivered in the workplace, on a day that suits you.

What are the 5 steps of COSHH? ›

There are 5 steps to a COSHH assessment:
  • Collect information on the substances you use and your work practices.
  • Evaluate the health risks.
  • Select appropriate control measures to reduce or eliminate the risks.
  • Record your findings and implement your control measures.
  • Monitor performance and review your assessment.
28 Nov 2018

What is the number 1 golden rule in COSHH? ›

𝗥𝘂𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗖𝗢𝗦𝗛𝗛: 1 𝗗𝗢 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱 the labels carefully & 𝗳𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗼 𝗥𝘂𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗖𝗢𝗦𝗛𝗛: 1 𝗗𝗢 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱 the labels carefully & 𝗳𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄 instructions.

What are the 10 golden rules for COSHH? ›

What is the golden rule of COSHH?
  • Be sure to have clear readable labels and follow the instructions for use.
  • Use protective clothing provided.
  • Don't mix chemicals. ...
  • Never put chemicals into unmarked containers.
  • Never put chemicals into bottles or containers that have other uses, for example, eating or drinking.

How do you explain COSHH in an interview? ›

Interview Answer

COSHH stands for Control of substances hazardous to health. It is about chemicals and knowing whether PPE is needed (personal protective equipment i.e. gloves, eyewear etc.) whether the chemical is irritant, explosive, harmful, toxic etc and where to store them safely.

What 3 substances does COSHH not cover? ›

COSHH covers germs that cause diseases such as leptospirosis or legionnaires' disease: and germs used in laboratories. COSHH doesn't cover lead, asbestos or radioactive substances because these have their own specific regulations.

What are the 4 types of hazardous substances? ›

Class 1: Explosives. Class 2: Gases. Class 3: Flammable Liquids. Class 4: Flammable Solids or Substances.

What are the 7 hazardous substances? ›

Hazard pictograms (symbols)
  • Explosive (Symbol: exploding bomb)
  • Flammable (Symbol: flame)
  • Oxidising (Symbol: flame over circle)
  • Corrosive (Symbol: corrosion)
  • Acute toxicity (Symbol: skull and crossbones)
  • Hazardous to the environment (Symbol: environment)
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How long is a COSHH course? ›

Introduction. This two day course gives detailed and practical training on carrying out COSHH assessments and, crucially, putting the assessment into practice to control substances hazardous to health. Many people tasked with COSHH assessments are unsure what is required or where to get information.

Is COSHH a qualification? ›

What training / qualifications should I have to carry out COSHH assessments? You don't need any particular qualifications but you must be competent. This means you must have the necessary knowledge, skills and experience to do the job properly.

Who needs to complete a COSHH training? ›

This short course is for anyone who has to carry out Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) risk assessments in the workplace.

What are the 2 COSHH responsibilities? ›

Under COSHH regulations, employers' responsibilities include: Implementing control measures to protect workers from hazardous substances. Preventing or adequately controlling exposure to hazardous substances.

What are 4 safety procedures? ›

General Safety
  • Don't fool around. ...
  • Never work while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, as you are a hazard to yourself and your co-workers.
  • Pay particular attention to moving objects, such as equipment, dollies, mixers, and slicers.
  • Walk, do not run, in the work areas.
  • Stay completely alert on the job.

What are the 9 main hazardous substances? ›

There are 9 hazardous substances symbols you need to know: flammable, oxidising, explosives, gas under pressure, toxic, serious health hazard, health hazard, corrosive and environmental hazard. Read more about them and examples of each here.

What are the 7 safety measures for controlling hazardous chemicals? ›

Here are 7 types of COSHH control measures, in order of priority, with details on how they reduce the risk from hazardous substances.
  • Elimination. The COSHH regulations first require exposure to be prevented. ...
  • Substitution. ...
  • Change Processes. ...
  • Engineering Controls. ...
  • Supervisory Controls. ...
  • PPE. ...
  • Combined Controls.
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What are the 3 Golden Rules of HSE? ›

The three HSSE Golden Rules

Comply with the law, standards and procedures. Intervene on unsafe or non-compliant actions. Respect our neighbors.

Who are the 3 parties responsible for COSHH? ›

And three key parties have responsibilities under the COSHH Regulations: Employer. Employees. Self-employed.

What are the 10 hazard categories? ›

10 health and safety hazards on the job site
  • Heights. ...
  • Slip-and-falls. ...
  • Electrical hazards. ...
  • Improperly built structures. ...
  • Lack of effective protective gear. ...
  • Improper use of tools. ...
  • Repetitive motion injuries. ...
  • Collisions.
6 Nov 2019

What are 3 requirements indicated by the hazardous chemical standard? ›

OSHA has updated the requirements for labeling of hazardous chemicals under its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). All labels are required to have pictograms, a signal word, hazard and precautionary statements, the product identifier, and supplier identification.

How many steps is COSHH? ›

There are eight steps in total to COSHH compliance. The eight steps to COSHH compliance can effectively help businesses ensure that they are compliant with COSHH requirements. Business owners must make sure that each step is applied in order to uphold proper health and safety within the workplace.

What questions will I be asked in a cleaning interview? ›

Operational and Situational questions
  • What cleaning products do you normally use?
  • How do you clean computer screens?
  • How much time do you need to clean a working space of 10 offices?
  • Have you ever used green cleaning products? ...
  • What are the most important duties when cleaning a bathroom?

How do you introduce yourself in a safety interview? ›

Tell me about yourself. SUGGESTED ANSWER: “Thank you for inviting me to be interviewed for this Safety Officer position today. Over the years, I have built up extensive experience, skills, and knowledge that are a strong match for the job description.

Which of the following is not covered by COSHH? ›

The three key areas not covered under COSHH are Asbestos, Lead products and Radioactive substances.

Do all substances need a COSHH assessment? ›

Under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH Regulations), COSHH assessments are required by law, for any substances that are hazardous to health. So, the use (or production) of any substances hazardous to health (including liquids, dust, fumes etc) requires assessment under the regulations.

Does COSHH apply to all workplaces? ›

Yes. If you have employees (you control their work), every part of COSHH applies. If you have no employees (but you take hazardous substances to other peoples premises), all parts of COSHH regulations apply except those about monitoring and health surveillance.

What are the 3 hazard categories? ›

GHS consists of three major hazard groups : Physical hazards. Health hazards. Environmental hazards.

Are there 7 classes of hazardous materials? ›

A visor card guide for state and local law enforcement officials illustrating vehicle placarding and signage for the following nine classes of hazardous materials: 1) Explosives, 2) Gases, 3) Flammable Liquid and Combustible Liquid, 4) Flammable Solid, Spontanaeously Combustible and Dangerous When Wet 5) Oxidizer and ...

What are the 6 main categories of hazards? ›

Types of Hazard
  • 1) Safety hazards. Safety hazards can affect any employee, but these are more likely to affect those who work with machinery or on a construction site. ...
  • 2) Biological hazards. Biological hazards are extremely dangerous. ...
  • 3) Physical hazards. ...
  • 4) Ergonomic hazards. ...
  • 5) Chemical hazards. ...
  • 6) Workload hazards.
8 Aug 2019

What are the 6 categories of hazardous materials? ›

Classifying Hazardous Materials
  • Class 1: Explosives.
  • Class 2: Gases.
  • Class 3: Flammable Liquid and Combustible Liquid.
  • Class 4: Flammable Solid, Spontaneously Combustible, and Dangerous When Wet.
  • Class 5: Oxidizer and Organic Peroxide.
  • Class 6: Poison (Toxic) and Poison Inhalation Hazard.
  • Class 7: Radioactive.
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Do cleaners need COSHH training? ›

For cleaners, continual COSHH training is important. Employers should keep in mind that with every change they make in the workplace, whether that is a change of product used or change of working practices and procedures, new training is required.

How much is cosh training? ›

PHP 3,000.00 (VAT incl.)

Does COSHH training expire? ›

This certificate does not have an expiry date. However, based on industry best practice guidelines, the recommended renewal period for this training is 1 year.

Is COSHH a code of practice? ›

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002. Approved Code of Practice and guidance. The sixth edition of this Approved Code of Practice and guidance provides practical advice to help dutyholders comply with the requirements of the COSHH Regulations.

Where can I find COSHH data sheets? ›

Safety data sheets, sometimes called COSHH data sheets, are ultimately designed to help people make the right decisions when it comes to assessing the risk of harmful substances, such as chemicals. They should generally be supplied with the substance, and are often found on packaging, such as on the back of the bottle.

What do you learn on COSHH training? ›

The course identifies hazardous substances and explains what they are used for, and how they could be harmful. You'll also learn about the ways to conduct proper COSHH Risk Assessments and correct storage procedures.

How do you prepare COSHH? ›

Identify the hazards
  1. Identify which substances are harmful by reading the product labels and safety data sheets (SDS)
  2. If you are in doubt, contact your supplier.
  3. Remember to think about harmful substances produced by your processes, such as cutting or grinding, or to which workers may be otherwise exposed.
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What is code of practice with example? ›

Here are some examples of these: All employees will follow safe practices and safety rules, contribute to safe work practices, and report safety violations and unsafe work conditions. Supervisors will monitor adherence to all safety rules and ensure compliance without exception.

What does a code of practice include? ›

A code of practice can be a document that complements occupational health and safety laws and regulations to provide detailed practical guidance on how to comply with legal obligations, and should be followed unless another solution with the same or better health and safety standard is in place, or may be a document ...

What is a standard code of practice? ›

Codes of practice provide detailed safety and standards information on specific work tasks. A code of practice provides detailed information on specific work tasks to help you achieve the standards required under the work health and safety (WHS) laws.

What are the 5 standards of practice? ›

The five Standards of Practice. Ethical standards of care, trust, respect and integrity. The Professional Learning Framework: ongoing teacher education, mentoring and research.

What are the 4 types of practice? ›

There are four practice structures: fixed practice, variable practice, massed practice and distributed practice. During a fixed practice a skill is practised repeatedly in the same way.

What are the 5 types of practice? ›

The 5 Types of Medical Practices
  • Private Practice. In private practice, a physician practices alone without any partners and typically with minimal support staff. ...
  • Group Practice. A group practice involves two or more physicians who all provide medical care within the same facility. ...
  • Large HMOs. ...
  • Hospital Based. ...
  • Locum Tenens.
27 Jun 2018

What is a code of practice in health and safety? ›

Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs) legal status

It gives practical advice on how to comply with the law. If you follow the advice you will be doing enough to comply with the law in respect of those specific matters on which the Code gives advice.

What are the codes of practice UK? ›

Acas codes of practice
  • Code of Practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures. ...
  • Code of Practice on disclosure of information to trade unions for collective bargaining purposes. ...
  • Code of Practice on time off for trade union duties and activities. ...
  • Code of Practice on settlement agreements.

What is a code of practice in the workplace UK? ›

The code provides practical guidance on what employers should or should not do, to avoid unlawful discrimination when complying with your duty as an employer to conduct 'right to work' checks. The code also applies to organisations, such as employment and recruitment agencies where they are employers.

What is the difference between code of practice and standards? ›

The main difference between code and standard is that standard is a set of technical definitions, specifications, and guidelines whereas code is a model that is established after years of use.

What is the difference between code of conduct and code of practice? ›

Definition. Some scholars distinguish a code of practice from a code of conduct. A code of conduct is defined as a practical document of standards governing client relationship, and a code of practice, as a technical document setting standards for the members of a profession.

Is a code of practice a legal requirement? ›

While approved codes of practice are not law, they are admissible in court proceedings. Courts may regard an approved code of practice as evidence of what is known about a hazard, risk or control and may rely on the relevant code to determine what is reasonably practicable in the circumstances.

Which two substances are not covered by COSHH? ›

COSHH covers germs that cause diseases such as leptospirosis or legionnaires' disease: and germs used in laboratories. COSHH doesn't cover lead, asbestos or radioactive substances because these have their own specific regulations.

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