Do your employees handle hazardous substances or chemicals in the workplace?
If the answer is yes, then they must be aware of the COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) hazard symbols and meanings.
COSHH hazard symbols help to maintain health and safety in the workplace as they identify substances that are harmful and reduces the associated health risks.
In 2015, the original orange and black COSHH hazard warning symbols were replaced with ‘harmonised’ classifications.
The new red and white hazard warning signs are more accurate and more easily identifiable.
The updated COSHH hazard symbols allow some room for interpretation, although they should give you a good indication of the main hazards associated with a particular substance.
Below, we are going to discuss the nine COSHH symbols and the hazard symbols meaning:
These are reactive chemicals and substances that could explode e.g. unstable explosives or substances that may mass explode in a fire.
The COSHH hazard sign is the picogram of an exploding bomb.