Make premises safer
Using and storing hazardous materials correctly in the workplace is fundamental for
premises safety, so ensure your safety measures are in check.
SPACE IS a daily challenge and an
expensive premium in many
businesses. Workplace efficiency is also
placing more demands on employees
with flexibility an important factor. The
requirements for safety precautions
and work efficiency are therefore
constantly increasing. Safety standards
are always being updated and
improved upon, placing more
demands on the employer. These
pressures, when combined with
hazardous materials, can lead to
shortcuts and a potential compromise
of safety so any internal solution for
storage has to be flexible.
All it takes is the wrong substance, at
the wrong place and at the wrong time;
then we have a possibility for far
reaching negative consequences.
Safety measures should be
Spatial conditions, varying amounts of
hazardous substances and substances
of different classes can lead to
compromises: For example, placing the
required substance in the immediate
vicinity for a short period of time or
storing dangerous substances in a
hurry – maybe where flammable liquids
are present – could have far reaching
Hazardous materials possessing many
different characteristics are used across
all industrial and business sectors
within the UK. Pressurised gases,
chemicals, corrosives, oxidising
substances and flammable liquids all
possess many different characteristics -
characteristics that are relevant to both
handling and storage.
Hazardous materials are more
commonplace than their name would
lead to suggest but it is not always easy
to understand how to store hazardous
materials. In the United Kingdom we
have three sets of legislation
concerning the storage of hazardous
materials, HSG51, HSG71 and the
Dangerous Substances and Explosive
Atmospheres Regulations 2002; we
also have material safety data sheets.
This legislation and guidance offers
support to an extent but does it help
you understand the right storage
products to use?
In order to achieve a suitable solution
for the storage of hazardous materials
practically and legally, it is important to
have a clear picture of your individual
requirements. Here are just a few
examples of the kind of questions that
you should be asking yourselves;
• Do I know what a hazardous
• What substances are we using?
• What are the volumes and container
• Do I know the hazards presented by
• Do I know exactly how and where
we are storing these substances?
• What happens to these materials in a
• Who knows we have these
• How do we handle our hazardous
• How often are the substances
needed during the day?
• For which work or process are they
used and where?
Hazardous substances are often an
important component in a variety of
The use of
EN 14470-1 is