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COSHH stands for the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health. They're a set of guidelines to ensure businesses store and handle chemicals in a safe way. COSHH cabinets make sure chemicals are stored securely in clearly labelled, lockable cupboards. Read more
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Find the right hazardous storage solution for your workplace
It’s likely your business will use hazardous chemicals whatever industry you’re in, and you’ll need to comply with health and safety regulations to ensure you’re storing your materials safely. Here at Manutan, safety in the workplace is extremely important to us, and we offer a wide range of COSHH cupboards and hazardous storage cabinets in different colours and sizes to accommodate your needs. No matter what hazardous substances you work with, we have a safe storage solution for you.
Types of COSHH cabinets in our range
Our flammable storage cabinets are designed for flammable chemicals, which can come in liquid, gas or solid form. The cabinets are supplied with a flammable substance COSHH warning label and are typically yellow.
Most of our hazardous storage cabinets come in grey with 5 hazardous substance COSHH labels depending on the substance you want to store. These include ‘Harmful Substances’, 'Health Hazard', 'Acute Toxicity, 'Corrosive' and 'Acute Toxicity' labels. There is a wide range of sizes to choose from with the larger cabinets offering leak proof sumps to contain spillages.
The acid/alkali cabinets are suitable for mildly corrosive chemicals. They come with the appropriate COSHH warning labels for corrosive substances and the steel construction is coated with zinc for optimum corrosion resistance.
Justrite cabinets with fire resistance
For something a little more fire resistant, the Justrite cabinets are the best choice. These storage units (such as this self-close Justrite flammable cabinet) are extra strong, sturdy & secure.
They are FM approved, high performance and designed to withstand fire for a minimum of 10 minutes. Justrite Cabinets meet OSHA & NFPA 30 - Exceeding COSHH Standards
The cabinets will keep the flammable and combustible fluids stored inside from reaching spontaneous combustion for at least a minimum of 10 minutes. This allows time for employees to leave the premises and the sprinkler system to help put out the fire.
Can’t find the right product for you or have any questions? Contact our friendly sales team today.
What is a COSHH cabinet?
A COSHH cabinet is a type of storage unit which is designed to safely store substances considered to be hazardous according to COSHH regulations. COSHH stands for the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health, which is a set of guidelines introduced by the HSE to ensure businesses store and handle chemicals in a safe way.
What can you store in our COSHH cabinets?
COSHH cabinets can be used to store flammable substances hazardous to health. The types of materials that could be stored in hazardous substance cabinets include:
- Combustible and flammable liquids
- Flammable gases
- Oxidising chemicals
- Combustible and flammable solids
- Explosive chemicals
- Biological agents
You can find more information about what materials should be stored in a flammable storage cabinet and why you should use them in your workplace in our blog.
Choosing the right COSHH cupboards
Before you decide on the type of COSHH cupboard you need, you should carry out a COSHH assessment in your the business and think about:
- What chemicals you currently use and how much you need to store.
- The manufacturer’s guidelines for your materials, ensuring you check how to store each chemical.
- The measures you have in place at present and whether they are compliant with safety regulations.
- Whether certain chemicals will need to be segregated.
- The type of COSHH labelling you will need.
- The number of cabinets you’ll need - there will be restrictions on the amount of a substance you can store in one particular location.
- Whether you need a cabinet which helps prevent release or leakage.
If you’re not sure which hazardous substance cabinets are right for your business’s needs, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our sales team who can offer you their advice.
Do I need a COSHH cupboard?
If your workplace handles any type of hazardous material, you must ensure that it is safely stored and handled. COSHH is a legal requirement, therefore, you will need to store your flammable and hazardous materials in a COSHH cabinet to comply with health and safety regulations.
Hazardous materials come in many forms, but the most common are cleaning products. Many cleaning products contain corrosive agents such as sodium hydroxide and sodium hypochlorite (bleach) that can permanently burn eyes and skin - some can be fatal if ingested.
The COSHH cabinet allows these chemicals to be stored in clearly labelled, lockable cupboards that only authorised staff can access with the appropriate PPE equipment if required.
Please note that substances will need to be stored differently, and your business will need to assess the risk of the chemical and put in place controls for safe handling and storage.
What colour should a COSHH cabinet be?
Many hazardous storage cabinets are yellow, but they may not always be; you can find COSHH cabinets in yellow, green, red or grey. Below we’ve listed which colour cabinet you might use for certain materials but you should always refer to your manufacturers guides to determine which storage solution is right for your requirements
- Yellow - flammable chemicals.
- Red - positions, pesticides and other dangerous materials.
- Green - solvents and paints.
- Grey - acids and alkalis.
Should hazardous substance cabinets be locked?
Yes, for a COSHH cupboard to be compliant with HSE regulations, they must be locked to ensure that only authorised personnel can access their contents. This is to ensure safety in the workplace as the chemicals inside hazardous storage cupboards can be very dangerous and require safe handling.
Does paint have to be stored in a flammable cabinet?
Paint is considered to be a flammable and combustible material, therefore in most cases it should be stored in a flammable storage cabinet to ensure the safety of your staff and others in the workplace. There are however, rules and regulations which you can refer to in order to determine whether you need to store paint in a COSHH cabinet.READ MORE
Does a flammable cabinet need to be grounded?
Aside from grounding Class 1 liquids, there aren’t any regulations which require you to ground your flammable cabinet, however, it can be safer and more convenient to do so. For instance, choosing to ground your flammable storage cabinet is advised if you will be performing dispensing or collection processes in the cabinet (i.e pouring waste into a drum funnel). In some cases, manufacturers will provide you with a grounding screw on their flammable storage cabinets and these can be connected to a building ground.READ MORE
What should be stored in a flammable storage cabinet?
Flammable storage cabinets such as COSHH cabinets are designed for the safe storage of flammable and combustible substances including gases, liquids and solids which are considered to be dangerous. Many workplaces such as factories, laboratories and cleaning companies will work with flammable materials regularly, so it is important that they have a secure storage space to keep these harmful chemicals out of harm’s way.READ MORE