Every year exposure to hazardous substances at work affects the health of many thousands of people. Common examples include:
Lung disease (e.g. through working in dusty conditions),
Dermatitis or skin cancer (e.g. from frequent contact with oils or corrosive liquids),
The development of other occupational cancers (e.g. from exposure to toxic fumes),
Occupational asthma (e.g. from sensitisation to isocyanates in paints or adhesives).
The high costs of ill-health arise from a number of causes, including loss of earnings, loss of productivity, prosecution and civil action, among others.
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Under the Planning (Hazardous Substances) Act 1990 if a site contains a hazardous substance on over or under land above a specified quantity (known as the controlled quantity) then it is necessary to obtain consent from the hazardous substances authority.
Dudley Council maintain a Register of Hazardous Substances Consents.
A public Prosecutions Register is maintained detailing details of prosecutions and formal cautions issued in the last three years, in accordance with the Environment and Safety Information Act 1988.
Hazardous materials that are not normally collected by the refuse collection service can be taken to the council's Household waste recycling centre for disposal.
Further advice for the disposal of hazardous waste.
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health ( COSHH) is the law that requires employers to control substances that are hazardous to health. You can prevent or reduce workers exposure to hazardous substances.
Any site which needs to use or store hazardous substances such as chlorine, hydrogen, or natural gas, at or above certain thresholds, requires a hazardous substances consent before it can operate.
Control of Major Accidents Hazards (COMAH) applies mainly to the chemical industry, but also to some storage activities, explosives and nuclear sites, and other industries where threshold quantities of dangerous substances identified in the Regulations are kept or used.