The COSHH Regulations apply to all locations and activities in the offshore industry where the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 applies. This covers offshore installations and pipeline works (including pipe-lay barges) on the UK sector of the Continental Shelf (UKCS); as well as vessels working in connection with offshore installations to carry out activities such as construction, maintenance, diving operations etc.
COSHH aims to protect workers and others from adverse effects of exposure to substances hazardous to health. It does this by requiring assessment of risk, control of exposure, monitoring and maintenance of controls, health surveillance and the provision of information, instruction and training.
The main duties under COSHH fall on employers. This means that owners, operators and contractors all have responsibilities which cover both their own employees and others who may be affected by their activities.