Risk assessment, is something you all need to understand. Regard risk assessment as COSHH in historical and statistical content. 1988 some 500 people were killed in industrial accidents. In the UK there were about 150,000 deaths due to cancer, of which 2-8% are considered to be occupationally related: 3000 people died, six times the fatal accident rate, many days lost through respiratory diseases. In response to this the government designed a set of regulations known as The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health. COSHH.