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COSHH stands for "Control of Substances Hazardous to Health." This health and safety legislation requires employers to do all they can to limit the risks posed to their employees by hazardous chemicals.
The COSHH guidelines published by the Health and Safety Executive in the UK apply to any substances that have been identified as:
These guidelines recommend that you use a COSHH cabinet to store hazardous substances, particularly in places where easy access to such products could cause additional risks to health - such as schools.
What is a COSHH cabinet?
A COSHH cabinet is a cabinet that is designed for the secure storage of hazardous substances. COSHH cabinets tend to be manufactured from sheet steel and have welded seams to prevent the passage of flames. They are also lockable with metal locks and handles, which means they won't melt in the event of a fire.
For example, our heavy-duty hazardous substance storage cupboard also contains removable sump shelves and trays to prevent spillages from leaking out of the cupboard or contaminating any other products being stored within.
How should COSHH cabinets be used?
COSHH cabinets can be used in a variety of different industries and locations, such as:
Every workplace with a COSHH cabinet should also have a clear COSHH health and safety policy covering essential questions such as who has the keys? This employee also checks that all hazardous substances are safely stored when they are not being used.
How should substances be stored in a COSHH cabinet?
It would be best if you referred to the specific storage instructions of the particular hazardous product you need to store when it comes to how to store it in a COSHH cabinet.
Hazardous substances need to be stored in spill-proof containers so they will not come into contact with each other - especially if a combination of substances were to cause a chemical reaction.
Any substance that has expired or is no longer needed should be disposed of in accordance with government regulations concerning hazardous waste disposal.
Some regulations cover the number of hazardous substances stored in a single location.
To find out more about the proper storage of hazardous substances, employers should refer to:
How to choose the right COSHH cabinet for your needs
As you can see from Strip Curtains Direct's range of COSHH cabinets, COSHH cabinets come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. This is to make it easier for you to choose the right large cabinet to safely store all of the hazardous substances you use in your workplace. You should also ensure there is enough space left over for you to access things quickly and add to later if necessary.
The COSHH cabinets at Strip Curtains Direct are specially designed to safely store hazardous substances, so when you purchase one for your workplace, you can rest assured you are taking steps to make your workplace much safer.
To learn more about how Strip Curtains Direct's range of COSHH cabinets can improve the efficiency and safety of all your hazardous substance storage, please get in touch with us on 0333 999 7171 or email us at email@example.com