Control of Substances Hazardous to Health - COSHH Level 2 (VTQ)

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Storage of Chemicals

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Safe Storage of Chemicals in the Workplace

Importance of Safe Chemical Storage

Overview: Proper storage of chemicals in the workplace is crucial to prevent accidents and hazards.

Considerations for Safe Storage

When storing chemicals, follow these guidelines:

  • Manufacturer's Instructions: Adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions and relevant regulations.
  • Risk Assessments: Base storage location on necessity and associated risks.
  • Hazard Suitability: Storage areas should address potential fire risks and restrict access to authorised personnel.
  • Segregation: Separate chemicals that may react together and contain spills or leaks.

HSE Guidelines for Chemical Storage

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) offers the following guidance:

  • Only trained workers should access chemical storage.
  • Keep storage containers locked.
  • Provide adequate washing facilities and ventilation.
  • Ensure sufficient air changes per hour in areas prone to fumes.
  • Maintain spill clean-up kits nearby.

Additional Storage Recommendations

  • Proper Labeling: Face container labels forwards for easy identification.
  • Record Keeping: Maintain records of stored chemicals.
  • Container Placement: Place heavier items and corrosive chemicals on lower shelves.
  • Container Design: Use containers that are easy to pour from and prevent spills.
  • Avoidance of Open Containers: Never store chemicals in open containers or reuse concentrate containers.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Use appropriate PPE when handling chemicals:

  • Follow product label instructions.
  • Consult safety-clothing supplier for suitable PPE.
  • Consider respiratory protective equipment (RPE) for potential spills.

Reporting and Maintenance

If you encounter issues with chemical storage or handling:

  • Report concerns to your supervisor immediately.
  • Clean up spills promptly using appropriate measures and PPE.
  • Ensure proper controls are in place and regularly checked.