When you need to store your hazardous chemicals, you should hire a third-party logistics provider that is an ISO certified and has a state of the art facilities and methods for storing hazardous materials. This third party logistics provider should also work with the local fire departments in your area, the EPA and the OSHA that will ensure a provision of the needed safety and operational features in order to safely warehouse the chemicals of their customers. Furthermore, carriers like UPS and FedEx should certify your 3PL in carrying for small package of chemical for shipping in case you need to have to ship as such.
Wherever you will store quantities of your chemicals, it is advisable to follow some guidelines.
First is to date all chemicals received for inventory upon receipt. Newer stocks are to be used later than the older stocks. Inventory should be verified on the basis of yearly activity. Be reminded that other items in the warehouse are not to be mixed with the chemicals thus should be placed in separate and secure areas.
Also, fume hoods and work areas are not recommended for chemical storage. Clear and proper labelling of the storage areas and storage cabinets is highly recommended so as to announce the identity of the hazardous material placed inside. If there are unlabelled products, it should not be allowed to be stored unless properly identified and labelled. The labels should show exact contents, hazardous properties, date of receipt and also the date of expiration.
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Also, take note that flammable chemicals should never been placed in standard house refrigerators. Note that storing of chemicals directly on the floor is to be avoided even if just on a temporary occasion. It is advisable also that you store chemicals at eye level because in this condition, the storage situation can be easily reviewed, and when problems like corrosion happened, you can immediately address the problem.
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Be reminded to secure well to the floor and walls the shelving used in the storage area. To prevent bottles and other containers from falling from the shelves, there should be a lip around all sides of the shelves. Metal shelving is ideal for storing flammable products since it reduces risk of fire, while wooden shelves are for general storage since they are less effective heat conductors.
When affected by moisture, most chemicals can become more hazardous if these are stored below, above or near water source like sink. The location of the chemical storage areas are to be placed away from the building’s heavily passed by areas.
Make it a must to lock all storage cabinets, and closets when not in use. Storing in a cool and dry place is the general rule when chemicals are to be stored.