Here we answer some of your questions about the Hazardous Substances Regulations.
What is a hazardous substances emergency?
How do I prepare for an emergency?
What is an emergency response plan and what does it include?
Where can I find more information?
What is hazardous waste?
How do I manage hazardous waste?
When do I need to comply with the rules for hazardous waste?
What information do workers need?
What instruction and training do I need to provide?
What supervision is required?
How can I be sure people have the training required?
What’s an inventory and why do I need one?
What does ‘readily accessible’ mean?
What do I include in my inventory?
Can I have one inventory for my whole business?
How often do I update my inventory?
What if I only have small quantities of hazardous substances?
Are there any exceptions to the inventory rule?
Is there anything that can help me create my inventory?
What are my responsibilities around the products I buy that already have labels?
What labelling do I have to do if I decant or transfer a hazardous substance into another container?
How do I label stationary tanks, process containers and transportable containers?
What if I create a hazardous waste product?
What if I’m putting a substance into a container for immediate use?
What is a laboratory?
Are laboratories exempt from the Regulations?
Do the same rules apply to all laboratories?
What requirements apply to laboratories involved in research and development, teaching or analytical testing?
What about the storage area?
How do I manage hazardous substances risks?
What is the hierarchy of controls?
What do I have to take into account when I’m assessing risk?
How do I know what controls to apply?
When do I have to review my risk management?
What is a safety data sheet?
How and when do I get a safety data sheet?
What do I do with my safety data sheets?
Do I need to have a safety data sheet for every hazardous substance?
When do I need signs?
What needs to be on the sign?
Where do I put my signs?
What do I have to do to maintain my signs?
Where do I get signs from?
Do I need warning signs?
How do I know how to store my hazardous substances?
Do I require certification?
What is meant by incompatible?
What if I transfer or decant a substance into another container?
Do I need to secure hazardous substances?
Where do I find more information?
What substances need to be tracked?
When does tracking start?
Who is responsible for tracking?
What information is required when transferring a tracked substance?
What information is needed on a tracking record?
What is a competent person?
Who needs access to tracking records?
What if the substance is moved elsewhere?
What is a unique identifier?
What if I dispose of it?
How long do I need to keep this record?
Adventure activity notification
Electrical and gas
Major Hazard Facilities
Notification of commissioning of hazardous substance location or transit depot
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