To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many organisations have been given authorisation to conduct full health and safety surveys under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1988; and what information he has concerning the availability of computer databases to facilitate the standardisation of information collected in Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations audits.
§ Mr. Nicholls
There is no requirement under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1988 for an organisiation to be authorised by the Health and Safety Executive or any other body to undertake health and safety assessment on behalf of an employer.
Commercially produced computer database packages to assist employers in recording information relating to the 362W Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1988 are widely available and extensively publicised in the health and safety press.
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment when he received a copy of the European Commission proposal for a Council directive on the laws, regulations and administrative provisions relating to the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous substances (COM  575 final-SYN 277, dated 9 January 1990); and what response he has made to the Council or Commission on the proposal.
§ Mr. Nicholls
The proposed directive was brought to my right hon. and learned Friend's notice on 9 March 1990. Since formal discussion of this proposal in EC Council has yet to start, no response has been made.