SOAS University of London

Health and Safety

COSHH (control of substances hazardous to health)

There are a number of potentially hazardous substances which SOAS staff may come into contact with.
These substances will mainly be used by the various contractors that we employ to manage a variety of services throughout SOAS.

Under the COSHH regulations of 2002 we are required to ensure that any chemicals used at SOAS are appropriately risk assessed, correctly stored, that those using them are sufficiently trained in their use and how to manage any emergency situation that may arise as a result of their use. We have also required to ensure that a material safety data sheet (MSDS) is available for each chemical substance on the premises.
While these measures will be managed by each contractors own internal COSHH awareness training and onsite management, the SOAS health and safety team will periodically audit contractor arrangements to ensure best practice is being adhered to.
*Any staff or students that may be required to use potentially harmful chemicals on an ad hoc basis, should first contact the Health and Safety manager for further guidance*