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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. There are some guidelines to consider if you are storing big amount of chemicals wherever is the storage place. 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. 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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Also, take note that flammable chemicals should never been placed in standard house refrigerators. Even if only on temporary basis, chemicals should never be stored directly on the floor. You are also to avoid storing chemicals above eye level since this condition will refrain you from evaluating and viewing easily whether the containers are already deteriorating and thus problems cannot be addressed soonest.
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It is recommended that the shelving you will use in the storage area will be secured firmly to the walls and floors. To prevent bottles and other containers from falling from the shelves, there should be a lip around all sides of the shelves. 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. Storing chemicals below, above or near a water source or sink is not recommended since these chemicals can even be more hazardous when affected by moisture. It is also advisable that the storage areas of the chemicals are to be located far away from heavily travelled areas of the establishment’s premise. When not in use, it is a must to lock all storage cabinets and lockers. Chemicals are to be stored in a place that is cool and dry, and this is the general rule.