Is your storage COSHH compliant?
17 May 2021
DO YOU work in an industry that uses hazardous materials? Maybe you work in a school and are looking to improve your chemical storage? Or you need a secure place in your garage to store strong cleaning products? You’ve come to the right place as this article contains all the information you need about COSHH compliant storage.
What does COSHH mean?
COSHH stands for The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 and therefore by having COSHH compliant storage, you are following health and safety laws and meeting legal standards. This is very important as when working with any type of hazardous materials, essential steps and precautions need to be taken to make sure everything is handled correctly and safely.
Why is having COSHH storage important?
Many substances are labelled by COSHH as being hazardous including, but not limited to biological agents, fumes, asphyxiating gases and many types of chemicals. Most types of these substances need to be stored in a COSHH cabinet. This is to ensure any dangerous chemicals are securely put away in order to reduce the risk of harm to employees and the workplace.
To be able to decide on which type of COSHH storage best suits your needs, a risk assessment must be carried out. This not only helps identify how many cabinets may be needed by outlining what the health hazards are, but also highlights the danger of certain chemicals and whether or not they need to be segregated from others. For example, explosive chemicals have the potential to be extremely dangerous and therefore must always be stored on their own, separate from any other chemicals. The risk assessment can also help devise a clear emergency plan in case of an accident.
What is the difference between COSHH compliant and non-compliant storage?
There are many benefits of storing materials in our COSHH compliant cabinets as opposed to non-compliant storage. One of which is all our cabinets have an implemented liquid-tight sump to prevent leakage*. This ensures that any spills of dangerous chemicals is caught through the use of absorbent materials and does not pose any risk of spreading into the environment. Another benefit is that all cabinets can be locked using a key. This prevents unauthorised reach to dangerous substances and makes sure that only trained personnel are able to access the cabinets.
Also, all our cabinets are clearly labelled with warning stickers including ‘hazardous’ and ‘flammable’. This makes them very easy to spot and recognise as COSHH cabinets as opposed to regular cabinets. They are made from an all-steel construction with heavy-duty galvanised shelves making them very sturdy and robust, able to withstand large loads, up to 70kg per shelf.
Additionally, all our COSHH compliant cabinets are suitable for the storage of a range of different materials such as chemicals, flammable liquids, acids & alkalis, agrochemicals.
* Except wall mounted cupboards
Which type of COSHH storage is best for me?
To help you create the perfect storage solution for all your hazardous materials, we have a fantastic range of COSHH compliant cabinets and cupboards. Not only do we have different sizes, colours and designs available, you can be sure they all meet legal requirements and comply with all the control of substances hazardous to health regulations.
There are three main types of cabinet available including mobile, wall-mounted and standard. Our standard range includes compact cabinets for where space is limited, tall cabinets for when extra storage is needed and floor chests for when a large amount of materials needs to be stored. All our cabinets come with at least one shelf and additional shelving is available to purchase in order to maximise your storage space.
We hope this article has helped you gain a better insight into COSHH compliant storage. If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact our friendly and knowledgeable team who would be more than happy to help.
Note: This article covers the basics only and is not intended to provide a full guide into COSHH Storage Regulations. Before conducting your COSHH assessments, please refer to the guidance from the HSE.gov website here.
For more information, visit https://www.firstmats.co.uk/collections/coshh-cabinets