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4 years ago

Three tips for the ideal positioning and storage of chemicals and equipment

Storage of chemicals

Three tips for the ideal positioning and storage of chemicals and equipment

Failing to store chemicals correctly can lead to major issues within your company’s building. There are greater risks of fire, potentially dangerous chemical reactions, and pressure build-ups – all of which can put your staff and customers at risk of harm.

With the potential danger of chemical mismanagement, it is critical to adhere to proper chemical storage practices and regulations. So we have put together three tips to ensure you store your chemicals safely.

Separate storage

It is important that chemicals, flammable materials, and gas cylinders have their designated storage areas.

Keep acids and alkalines separate. Strong acids should also not come into contact with any organic substances. You must inspect anything corrosive regularly for signs of leaks or corrosions and stored in a well-ventilated area. In case of a major spillage or incident, have an emergency procedure ready, such as a spill kit or secondary containment area.

Also, For fire risk considerations, it is strongly recommended you keep oxidising substances and oxidisable materials apart. Secure flammable materials with special consideration, well away from sparks, open flames, or smoking. Preferably, you should store them in an approved, dedicated cabinet, or a rack with a sprinkler system installed.

For any type of chemical, the storage area should be easy to access, well-ventilated, temperature-controlled, and sufficiently lit.

Temperature procedure

Every chemical will have a safety data sheet that informs you of the minimum and maximum storage temperature. Be sure to equip your storage area with temperature controls. Failure to regulate temperature correctly can result in the freezing or overheating of chemicals, which could lead to a highly dangerous situation.

Keeping track of your chemical inventory

Keeping an inventory of the chemicals you store goes beyond a safety procedure – it is also a legal requirement. This helps keep track of your inventory and ensures you store what is necessary. It also helps to monitor your chemical expiration dates. These must be followed – particularly with peroxidizable compounds that become dangerously volatile after just a few months.

Chemicals are no joke, something you are no doubt well aware of. But some people don’t take their responsibility seriously enough. Follow our advice, keep your customers and staff safe, and don’t take the severity of the situation for granted.

Chemical safety and storage is paramount to PSG Catering, Bar & Janitorial Supplies. Whether it’s a review of chemicals or the purchasing of janitorial or disposables products, our industry specialists are here to help. Get in touch with us today on 01782 213 116 for more information.

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