Dangerous Goods Storage and Handling

Those who store and handle Dangerous Goods must become familiar with regulatory requirements, which are likely to include the following aspects:
•Make a list of all materials stored including quantities and storage methods.
•Check for MSDS availability and conduct appropriate Risk Assessment.
•Assess the potential for substitution with a safer substance.
•Make sure that minimum quantity is stored, based on usage rate.
•Check for incompatible substances and make sure they are segregated as required by regulations.
•Check design and location of storage meets regulations. Consider weather proofing requirements.
•Check spill containment has the necessary capacity and keeps incompatible substances apart.
•Check storage containers are appropriate, such as flameproof cabinets, including for “goods in process”.
•Provide signs and placards as required by regulations.
•Confirm necessary approvals and licences are held, with copies available.
•Check for leakage and spills, including underground storage.
•Control ignition sources, including smoking, matches, electrical and spark producing equipment.
•Control static electricity risks, especially during decanting operations.
•Control access to storage areas as required by regulations and keep access routes clear.
•Have written procedures covering all hazardous operations.
•Give necessary training to all concerned both on induction and at regular intervals.
•Report and investigate incidents, especially those involving Dangerous Goods.
•Set up regular review of storage and handling systems and procedures.