CoSHH Cabinets

Manufacturing CoSHH Cabinets Case Study

Click on the buttons below to see our wide ranges of CoSHH Cabinets. All of which have been manufactured for specific applications under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH) Regulations 2002 .

The design and manufacture of our new range of CoSHH cabinets and hazardous substance cabinets seems to have been a natural progression for our company and these sits very well within our existing range. This case study indicates our thought processes and the design pathway we undertook to achieve our new range of CoSHH cabinets and hazardous substance cabinets we make today.

Following the continued success of our controlled drugs and medicine cabinet range we have developed a new range of product which are designed to store substances hazardous to health. Unlike our controlled drugs cabinets and medicine cabinets which must be manufactured to specific British standards, CoSHH cabinets do not. However, they must adhere to the Health and safety executive guide HSG51 for the storage of Flammable liquids in containers also the dangerous substances and explosive atmospheres regulations(DESEAR) approved code of practice (ACoP)L136 paragraph 94-96 together with the highly flammable liquids and liquid gasses regulations, section5 (1.D).

We carried out extensive research into these regulations and decided upon a construction method which is not dissimilar to that we use in our Medicine cabinet construction.

CoSHH Cabinets Requirments

It is a requirement of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 that a CoSHH storage cabinet is used as part of that regulation. It requires an employer to prevent an employee or other person within their premises from exposure to substances hazardous to health. Part of this is achieved by storing the hazardous substances in a CoSHH cabinet and to restrict access to those hazardous substances. Storing these hazardous substances in a hazardous substance cabinet or CoSHH cabinet substantially reduces the risk of exposure to the hazardous substances stored within the cabinet.

One of the objectives of a CoSHH cabinet is to gain time, in the event of a fire it will allow staff valuable extra time to escape the premises. The use of a CoSHH cabinet will place a physical barrier between the hazardous/flammable substance and the fire. The CoSHH cabinet will also contain or substantially reduce the passage of flames or gasses sufficiently to allow persons to escape the area in a safer environment than if the hazardous substances not stored in CoSHH cabinets.

To achieve these requirements, we manufacture our cabinets as required, from a material with a thirty-minute fire integrity and we use 1.2mm steel to achieve this. Other criteria we include in the manufacture of our CoSHH cabinets are that the spaces between the door and the body of the CoSHH cabinet is as small as possible together with a flange which surrounds the door aperture. All the locks, hinges and other parts which offer containment within the CoSHH cabinet are made from materials which can withstand 750 deg. C. The base or sump of the CoSHH cabinet must be of a fully welded construction to contain leak or a spillage of the Hazardous substance contained within. The sump is designed to contain at least one hundred and ten percent of the volume of the largest container stored within the CoSHH cabinet.

Use of CoSHH Cabinets

The use of a CoSHH cabinet although a requirement of Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 is not generally policed. Only when a HSE visit is carried out is this sometimes enforced, therefore a large proportion of companies do not used a CoSHH cabinet within their premises. However, for the relatively small initial outlay these cabinets will ensure the company complies with the regulations and the CoSHH cabinets will last a lifetime.