This paper considers the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) 1988 Regulations. In particular, it notes the Regulations' antecedents in UK legislation and European Directives, explains the key provisions of the Regulations and demonstrates the responsibilities of employers. The paper continues by examining the record of compliance with the Regulations and identifying the main reasons for the failure to implement. Conclusions are drawn on the effect of guidance and policing by the government advisory agency, and recommendations for targeting employers who have failed to comply are given.
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