Control of Substances Hazardous to Health - COSHH Level 2 (VTQ)

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The European six pack

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The European "Six Pack" Directives and Their Impact on UK Health and Safety

The European "Six Pack" comprises six directives aimed at standardising and enhancing workplace health and safety across EU member states, including their significant influence on the UK's HSE regulations.

Overview of the European "Six Pack" Directives

The six directives cover various aspects of workplace health and safety:

  1. Workplace Health, Safety, and Welfare: Minimum standards for work environments.
  2. Provision of Work Equipment: Safety requirements for machinery and equipment.
  3. Manual Handling Operations: Reducing risks associated with manual handling.
  4. Display Screen Equipment: Protecting workers from risks of prolonged use of display screens.
  5. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Mandating appropriate PPE provision.
  6. Health and Safety of Pregnant Workers: Protecting pregnant workers and those who have recently given birth or are breastfeeding.

Integration into UK Regulations

In the UK, these directives have been integrated into national regulations, influencing key HSE regulations:

  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations
  • The Workplace (Health, Safety, and Welfare) Regulations
  • The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
  • The Manual Handling Operations Regulations
  • The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations
  • The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations

Post-Brexit Continuation of EU-Derived Legislation

Despite Brexit, the UK continues to retain much of the EU-derived legislation in health and safety, acknowledging its crucial role in worker protection.

Significance of the European Six Pack in the UK

The European Six Pack directives have shaped workplace health and safety standards in the UK, ensuring a high level of protection for workers in a variety of environments.


The European Six Pack serves as a cornerstone for workplace health and safety legislation in the EU and continues to influence UK regulations, reinforcing the commitment to maintaining high safety standards for workers.