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27 February 2003

LRD publishes new guide to hazardous substances
Millions of workers come into contact with hazardous substances at work from common cleaning chemicals to building materials with asbestos. This new booklet from the Labour Research Department looks at the risks arising from some of the main hazardous substances and outlines the raft of recent changes to safety regulations.

Last year a number of important regulations were updated and new regulations implemented covering:

* hazardous substances - the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH);
* asbestos - the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002;
* dangerous substances - the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002;
* chemicals information and packaging - the Chemicals (Hazards Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 2002 (CHIP); and
* lead - the Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002.

There was also a new code of practice attached to the COSHH regulations which covers occupational asthma an issue that unions have been campaigning on for several years.

The LRD guide runs through all of these summarising the main regulations and highlighting the key points for safety reps.

Notes to editors

1. Hazardous substances at work - a safety rep's guide is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?4.25 or ?10.50 for employers or commercial organisations. LRD booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?29.50 (?73.95 for employers/ commercial organisations). LRD publishes 10-11 booklets each year.

2. The Labour Research Department is an independent trade union and labour movement organisation founded 90 years ago. Around 1,800 trade union organisations, including 55 national unions, representing 99% of total TUC membership, are affiliated.

3. For press enquiries on this booklet contact Paul Hampton on 020 7902 9826. To order copies of the booklet telephone 020 7928 3649.

4. Full information about all of LRD's services and publications is available on the LRD website at www.lrd.org.uk.

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