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Hazardous materials must be properly stored, under UK legislation

Many businesses are covered by COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) regulations in the uk. This legislation is designed to limit the risk of harm to workers who need to handle hazardous chemicals and covers a wide range of industries, including cleaning, laboratories, factories, offices, schools, hospitals and others.

If your business comes under COSHH guidelines, it’s important that your materials are stored correctly. The easiest way to do this is to store them in a COSHH cabinet that is lockable, leak-proof and designed to prevent cross-contamination.

Here we look at how you can use a COSHH cabinet to protect yourself, your employees and ensure that you meet legislative guidelines.

Protecting your crucial documents from fire

When you install a COSHH cabinet, you should give sets of keys to trusted employees who will either use these chemicals or can oversee their use. This limits who has access to the cabinet, keeping the risk of misuse or accident lower.

All materials stored inside should be contained in leak and spill-proof containers that are adequately and visibly labelled with information on what is contained within and on potential hazards and guidance for use.

Regular maintenance means safely disposing of substances or chemicals that have expired or are no longer in use.

How to choose a COSHH cabinet

These cabinets come in a range of sizes and styles so you should ensure that you choose one that is sufficient for your needs. It should be large enough to hold all the chemicals use and, ideally, have room to allow additions as required later.

There should also be enough room within the cabinet to allow operatives to reach chemicals without the chance of knocking over containers and causing spills.

There’s also the question of security – depending on your office or premises you might want to consider fixed units that are attached to wall or floor to prevent theft. However, in some circumstances you might want to opt instead for a cabinet that is on wheels or casters that will allow movement from one site to another.

Another thing to look out for is the shelving within the unit. Shelves should have raised edge or lip designed to prevent any substance that have spilled from leaking out onto lower shelves.

Hazardous storage cupboards to comply with COSHH

We carry a full range of hazardous storage cupboards that will suit any requirement. From small cupboards to large free-standing units or wheel-mounted cupboards that can be moved around, we have something to suit however many substances you need to store.

We also carry flameproof units for flammable liquids and all of our cupboards are built in a heavy-duty style compliant with all relevant legislation and directives. You can see our full range of hazardous storage cupboards here and if you need advice on which items to choose, talk to our sales advice team.

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Last Modified / Updated on: May 21, 2018 at 10:24 am

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