FAQ: CoSHH & Hazardous Substances Cupboards

Posted on August 20th 2019 by Rebecca Brophy.

What is CoSHH?

A law put in place in 2002 to prevent or reduce workers to any exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace. CoSHH requires employers to safely store and control harmful substances that are hazardous to health.

What does CoSHH stand for?

CoSHH stands for the ”Control of Substances Hazardous to Health”. These regulations were enforced in 2002 and require employers within the workplace to safely store and control harmful substances that are hazardous to health.

Is CoSHH a legal requirement?

Yes, it is the law that requires employers to control hazardous substances. Under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH, 2002). Every workplace is to comply with CoSHH regulations which prevent, reduce and control the exposure to hazardous substances in order to prevent ill health to workers.

Do CoSHH Cupboards have to be yellow?

No. All workplaces that use hazardous chemicals, acids, paints, solvents, or alkalis have to comply with the CoSHH Regulations 2002, which makes it compulsory for every workplace to have appropriately colour-coded and clearly identified cupboards for hazardous storage. However, hazardous substance storage cupboards come in yellow, grey, red and green.

Do CoSHH Cupboards have to be locked?

Anyone within the workplace who is authorised and has access or a key to the cupboard must make sure that the COSHH or Hazardous Substance Cabinet is kept locked whenever the substances aren’t being used, it should never be left unlocked and unattended at any time.

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