Whilst laboratories, hospitals, schools and factories are likely to store hazardous chemicals, they need to be stored correctly and not under a sink or at the back of a cupboard.
There are a few potential risks with hazardous chemicals:
- If they mix with each other (e.g. through leakage).
- If they are involved in a fire or have flammable properties.
The management of substances means you must only keep the minimum amount and lowest hazardous substances possible. Another consideration is if the chemical is toxic, harmful or corrosive etc. Staff who use these must be trained in its safe use etc. Keep these chemicals in a safe and secure place and ensure that they are only accessed by competent staff.
Most general cleaning work can be carried out without either chemicals or with low hazardous products. Choose substances that do not have a warning sign on the back as these can be left under the sink or in wash rooms without concern. Remember to avoid storing chemicals in damp conditions as the packaging can be affected. If you do store chemicals in large quantities, then remember plastic trays to stand the chemicals on are a good idea in case of spillages/leakages. This will reduce the risk of accidental mixing and help with the ease of clearing up if necessary.