How To Store Dangerous Goods

How To Store Dangerous Goods
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28 May 2018

Dangerous goods and substances need to be safely stored, handled and transported. If you store dangerous goods there are a few legislation and regulated safety measures that need to be taken to ensure the safety of people and the environment. The key points to remember are to ensure you identify all hazards and then for each hazard look at the probability, consequences and control measures that you have in place. There will be some equipment that will be fundamental in you attaining regulatory approval as a dangerous goods handling business, not only in the prevention of an incident but on your procedure and the equipment that you have available should an incident occur. This article looks at some of the dangerous goods storage items available that can assist you in the correct and safe storage of dangerous goods.

Dangerous goods storage

Warehouses have a big responsibility when it comes to the safe storage of substances and goods. This includes substances that are highly corrosive, combustible, explosive or radioactive. If they are not stored properly and safely there can be a risk of explosion, fires and extensive damage to your warehouse and staff, including loss of life. A systematic and substantial risk assessment needs to be carried out and all practicable steps taken in preventative action of injury or damage. Some examples of dangerous goods storage products include:

  • Corrosive storage cabinets

These cabinets can be made of metal or other non-corrosive materials such as Polyethylene. Corrosive storage cabinets are available in different sizes. They are designed to both withstand exposure to dangerous substances but also withstand fire from an external source. It has specifically designed door control closure systems and adjustable shelving that is perforated for free air movement and ventilation.

Pictured: Corrosive Storage Cabinet

The correct storage can is an essential element to storing dangerous liquids. They provide the added safety of controlling any dangerous vapours released by the liquid. Enhanced pouring and filling operation will ensure the safety of workers and flame arrestor guards protect against external ignition. For example, an oily waste can provide a place to dispose of cloths or rags that have been used to mop up spillages. Cloths soaked in solvents, thinners and other highly flammable substances need to be safely disposed of and this is a good solution.

Pictured: Liquid Disposal Can

Relocatable dangerous goods store can provide flexibility in the warehouse environment. They eliminate the problems and expense associated with fixed and permanent stores. They can also have the benefit of dual compartment construction, this means that incompatible items may be safely stored in the same cabinet. A relocatable dangerous goods store has all the features of a fixed store.

Pictured: Relocatable Dangerous Goods Store

It is essential that dangerous goods are stored correctly. When deciding on the correct storage solution it is important to examine the legislation around storage of dangerous and hazardous substances and take steps to protect employees, the environment and your warehouse.

Are you looking to purchase dangerous goods storage solutions? Contact us today and we will give you the right advice on the best equipment for your business.

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