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A liquid is defined as a substance that exists at a temperature between freezing where it is a solid and boiling where is becomes a vapour or gas. Liquids are also known as fluids in health and safety legislation and workplaces. 

Many chemicals exist in liquid form and these include: 

  • Paints 
  • Cleaning chemicals 
  • Bleach 
  • Pesticides 
  • Herbicides 
  • Drugs 
  • Petrol 
  • Diesel 

Water based chemicals People can be affected by liquids in many ways as they are fluid and can easily contaminate other products. A liquid can quickly leak and move to another area increasing risk.

When assessing risk that liquids pose and control measure you need to impose, you need to look at the following: 

  • Are there any special storage requirements like temperature, exposure to light? 
  • Are there any required labelling or signage needed? 
  • Risks of mixing different liquids? 
  • Fumes or gas that is given off by the liquid? 
  • What happens if you need to spray or pressurise the liquid? Is the liquid flammable? 
  • Do you need to store with spillage trays or in double skinned containers? 
  • When filling containers, is there a splash risk or will a spray be created?