10. Hazardous substances

Informatics Health and Safety guidance on working with hazardous substances.

To comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 1999 it is necessary to ensure that all appropriate control measures are maintained and implemented to reduce any risk that staff, students and others may be exposed to from substances hazardous to health. As a result, no hazardous substance to health can be used before a COSHH risk assessment is undertaken and a safe system of work issued to persons that may be exposed to these substances. Within the School such substances are mainly used within the workshop areas, although there are also solvents and solvent based glues that are used in offices and labs.

Please note:  Any substance whose labelling bears a hazard symbol is classed as hazardous.  


Informatics personnel can get further information on our current list of hazardous substances by contacting the Safety Adviser.

Please do not use any of these substances (or any others you believe to be harmful) without having read and understood the relevant COSHH assessment.

For further information contact the Health and Safety Adviser and/or obtain the information from the H+S website: https://www.ed.ac.uk/health-safety/guidance/hazardous-substances


Reviewed: 26/05/22 dch