Storing Hazardous Substances

Under COSHH regulations hazardous substances must be stored appropriately to avoid putting people’s health at risk.

This is a legal obligation for employers or anyone responsible for the use or handling of hazardous substances. 

Hazardous Substances

Hazardous substances can pose a great danger to people if not stored and used correctly. Ensuring your business has undertaken an adequate COSHH risk assessment will protect your workers and your business from the dangers of hazardous substances.

Under COSHH regulations a hazardous substances (COSHH) risk assessment should be completed in order to identify the safest way of storing your harmful substances. Storage of substances will vary according to the level of risk which will be identified by the COSHH assessment. Certain substances may need to be segregated while others will need to be kept locked or in suitable containers. Information should be issued to employees and training given where appropriate.

If you are unsure about the safe storage of your hazardous substances then call us today for more advice and information.

Hazardous substances in the workplace

What are Hazardous Substances?

Hazardous substances take many forms and are therefore, not always obvious. It is crucial that you know what a hazardous substance is and how to store it correctly.

Hazardous substances can take the form of solids, liquids, gases, biological agents, fumes or mists. They can be inhaled, ingested or transferred through skin contact. Exposure to hazardous substances can lead to serious illnesses such as cancer, asthma and skin diseases such as dermatitis.

Common hazardous substances in the workplace are:

  • Breathing in solvent vapours from ink, paint etc.
  • Skin contact with glues, disinfectants, cleaning products and oil
  • Inhaling dust and germs
  • Breathing in exhaust fumes
  • Printing/photocopying for an extended period of time
  • Lack of oxygen in confined spaces.

It is essential that you conduct a COSHH risk assessment to ensure that you are storing and using your hazardous substances safely and appropriately.

Our qualified consultants have experience of dealing with hazardous substances in the appropriate manner. We can ensure that your business is using materials safely and in compliance with UK law.

If you are unsure on your COSHH needs, call us today for more information and advice. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and we can offer you a free quote on our services. So call us now on 0800 211 8331

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