Does COSHH Apply To All WorkPlaces?
If your employees use chemical substances at work, then yes COSHH applies. It is essential to make sure your working environment is safe for all staff. You may want to identify if you are using any of the following hazardous chemicals so you can work towards minimising the risk associated with these substances. The most common hazard classes are:
Flammables & Combustibles: These chemicals can be easily ignited and may present a serious fire hazard. Flammables must be kept away from all ignition sources including direct sunlight, open flames and hot surfaces. Flammables must be stored separately from other hazard classes. Common flammables include methanol, ethanol, acetone, lighter fluid, paint thinner.
Corrosives: Strong acids and bases can destroy human tissue and metals. They can eat away at most things on which it is spilled. Common acids include hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, nitric acid, drain declogger (contains sodium hydroxide), wall cleaners. Goggles and gloves must be used when handling corrosives.
Toxics: Toxic chemicals are poisonous and can cause injury or even death. Toxics must be segregated away from other hazard classes in a cool, ventilated area away from light and heat. Common toxics include ammonia, hydrogen fluoride, vinyl bromide, copper sulphate.