straight forward health and safty advice
You will come into contact with a variety of substances each day - many
of them will be hazardous but some will present a higher risk than others
A substance may be a solid, in granual or grain form, a paste or a slurry, a liquid, a gas or a vapour.
Hazardous substances are marked with warning symbols (pictograms) that show the type of risk
that they pose.
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations require a
methodical examination of a task, or process, which involves using a
potentially hazardous substance. Its purpose is to identify hazardous
substances that may be used, whether the precautions that have been
taken are acceptable ,and what control measures are in place. This is
referred to as a COSHH Assessment.
When dealing with hazardous substances, for your own safety and the safety of
others around you:
only use substances that are correctly labelled;
always follow the manufacturers' instructions and the information on label and on the the
always use the protective equipment that is identified on the label and on the COSHH
never mix chemicals / substances;
when diluting chemicals, always place the chemicals into the water and NOT water into the
chemical as this prevents neat chemicals being splashed. Where possible use a dispensing
do not pour chemicals/ substances into unmarked containers or spray bottles;
when carrying chemicals / substances, always use a sealed container to prevent it from
spilling. Do not carry the container above waist height to avoid any possible spillage onto
yourself. If the container is heavy, use a trolley to move it rather than trying to carry it;
store hazardous substances in a cool dry place, with good ventilation, and which will stop any
leakage getting into the drains or the ground;
always separate alkaline and acid-based products and check them from time to time, to make
sure that there is no leakage.
Following the workplace precautions detailed in the COSHH Assessment will ensure your
safety and the safety of others working around you.