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Safety Procedures (Departmental Guidance)

Volume 175: debated on Thursday 28 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what guidance is offered by his Department to industrial companies wishing to implement safety procedures set out in the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1988.

The Health and Safety Executive has committed substantial resources to ensuring industry's awareness and understanding of the requirements of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations. Over 4½ million free information leaflets have been distributed and detailed national guidance has been published including six approved codes of practice, a guide to assessment for employers and an open learning course.In addition, HSE inspectors have contributed to discussions, lectures, seminars and conferences on the regulations and offered guidance during the course of their visits to employers' premises. HSE has been working closely with industry organisations and employers to develop guidance for their members. There has also been a national publicity campaign and extensive use of local TV, radio and the press.

prices, was spent in each year since 1979 on (a) employment training, and the earlier programmes it replaced, (b) the youth training scheme, earlier youth opportunities programme, and (c) the enterprise allowance scheme.

The following table shows expenditure for Great Britain at cash and constant 1989–90 prices, excluding administration costs, in each year since 1983–84, on (a) employment training, (b) youth training scheme and (c) enterprise allowance scheme.It is not possible separately to identify administration costs in earlier years. A breakdown at levels lower than Great Britain is not available. Constant prices were calculated by use of the GDP deflator index from the Chancellor's "Financial Statement and Budget Report" published March 1990.