Control of dangerous liquids
If you have hazardous substances on site, you need to make sure that you comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002. These regulations set out how you can work with hazardous substances safely and how you can protect your employees.
If you run a business, it’s important to make a profit, and having unhealthy workers who may make a claim against you is not the place to start. It can be time consuming to conform to current standards, but they have to be adhered to, so it’s sometimes the case that you may have to take professional advice about the substances you use and how you can comply with the current regulations.
The containment and storage of hazardous liquids falls under the remit of COSHH. So you need to make sure that you are aware of the potential hazards and the regulations regarding the storage of these liquids.
Some liquids can pose a threat to workers because of the chemical constituents in the liquid that may come into bodily contact with the worker, some liquids are flammable and some give off noxious gases that when inhaled can cause respiratory problems.
If you don’t know the dangers of the liquids on your site, you can check the information on the product, ask the supplier of the product or even check the HSE’s website for more information.