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How are you currently storing your hazardous chemicals and flammable liquids?
Chemicals require very specific and specialized storage which minimizes risk, personal injury and damage to property and equipment (OSHA 29 CFR 1910 Subpart H). The only way you can be sure your storage plan is compliant is to perform a risk assessment to identify what you have on site, why you have it, is it necessary and how you plan on storing it.
Once you can identify each type of material, it must be labeled. Safe storage of chemicals requires that all chemicals be properly identified including statement of hazards. This means proper labeling must be applied to all cleaning products, solvents, paints, oxidizers, oils, fuels, flammable agents or other hazardous materials.
Once your supplies are labeled, it will be easier to implement the correct storage plan. One major mistake companies often make is storing flammable or combustible liquids with oxidizing agents (NFPA Code 30). That is just one example of a potentially dangerous situation due to improper storage. It’s important to take a big picture view of what materials you have on site and how they could react with one another.
Train your workers on how to use their safety data sheets and the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals to better protect themselves and their workplace.
Empire Safety & Supply carries a wide array of hazardous storage solutions including smoking receptacles, safety cabinets, safety cans, drum storage, outdoor storage and more. We are proud to carry top-rated brands like Eagle, Justrite®, Ultratech International and Morse® to name a few.
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