Those Assisting in the Employer's COSHH Duties
The employer must ensure that any person (whether or not his employee) who carries out any work in connection with the employer's duties under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations has the necessary information, instruction and training.
The employer can delegate work needed to comply with the COSHH Regulations, but only to competent persons. To be competent they must possess sufficient knowledge, skill and experience for the work. Someone competent for certain work may not necessarily be competent for other work. Competent persons are required for all work connected with performing duties as regards assessment, prevention, control, maintenance, monitoring and surveillance.
A competent person may be a member of staff, a professional consultant or other external individual or firm.
The employer may need to arrange for one or more employees to be trained so that they become competent to assist in his compliance with the COSHH Regulations.