Some Guidelines in Storing Hazardous Chemical Some of the important qualifications when hiring a third-party logistics for the storage of your hazardous chemicals are that it should be an ISO certified and has facilities that use state of the art methods in storing hazardous materials. Working with the local fire departments, the EPA and the OSHA is important for your 3PL to make sure that they have the necessary safety and operational features for their customers’ products safe storage. 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. Let us present briefly some of the basic guidelines wherever you will store the bulk of your chemical products. Note that all chemicals received subject for inventory are to be dated upon receipt. Newer stocks are to be used later than the older stocks. Inventory should be accounted for annually. A separate and secure areas should be assigned for chemical storage and should not be mixed with other materials in the warehouse. Be mindful not to store chemicals in fume hoods or work areas. 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. There should be also proper labelling and identification of products before putting inside the warehouse. The exact contents, hazardous properties, date of receipt and date of expiration should be shown on the labels.
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Be aware that it is never advisable to store flammable chemicals inside a standard domestic refrigerator. Even if only on temporary basis, chemicals should never be stored directly on the floor. 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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If you use shelving in the storage area, make sure to secure them firmly on the wall or on the floor. The shelves should also feature a lip on all the sides to avoid bottles and other containers from tripping down. Note that wooden shelves are preferable than metal shelving since they are less effective heat conductors and are fit for general storage, while metal shelving are better to store flammable products to avoid risks of fire. It is not advisable to store chemicals below, above or near a sink or water source since most of these chemicals can be affected by moisture and become even more hazardous in such case. The location of the chemical storage areas are to be placed away from the building’s heavily passed by areas. All storage cabinets or closets are to be locked without fail when not being used. Know that the general rule in storing chemicals is that it should be stored in a cool and dry place.