If there’s one thing that is a certainty, it’s that working in the hazmat storage industry comes with numerous threats. From receiving to storing to shipping, there are numerous risks associated with the task and ensuring proper practice is crucial for maximum safety.
The workers are constantly exposed to toxic chemicals that, when mishandled, can lead to a catastrophe.
5 Potential Hazardous Risks
Fire – It goes without saying that hazardous materials can effortlessly create fires that increase the risks associated with an already dangerous line of work.
Explosion – If a container of compressed gas is punctured, for example, an explosion can transpire putting everyone’s lives at risk.
Reaction – When two chemicals that shouldn’t come into contact with one another mix, fatal gases can be omitted that can cause serious harm to anyone near the accident.
Health Hazards – Monitoring the amount of time a worker is exposed to certain chemicals is mandatory to eliminate the risks of skin burns, organ damage, cancer or even death.
Environmental – Natural disasters can easily occur from improper handling that can create severe risks for nearby citizens. If chemicals leak into the water supply or an explosion releases deadly gases, for example, everyone is at risk. Not just the workers.
It is clear that implementing safe practices while handling hazardous materials is necessary for the safety of the workers as well as neighboring civilians. This is why we consistently practice safe handling and all of our storage facilities are state-of-the-art.
Types of Hazardous Materials
There are 9 classes of dangerous goods that contain hazardous properties and they are listed as followed:
- Flammable Liquids
- Flammable Solids
- Oxidizing Substances
- Toxic & Infectious Substances
- Radioactive Material
- Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods
According to OSHA Standard 1910.106(a)(19) flammable liquids are broken down into 4 categories and are listed as followed:
Category 1: shall include liquids having flashpoints below 73.4 °F (23 °C) and having a boiling point at or below 95 °F (35 °C).
Category 2: shall include liquids having flashpoints below 73.4 °F (23 °C) and having a boiling point above 95 °F (35 °C).
Category 3: shall include liquids having flashpoints at or above 73.4 °F (23 °C) and at or below 140 °F (60 °C). When a Category 3 liquid with a flashpoint at or above 100 °F (37.8 °C) is heated for use to within 30 °F (16.7 °C) of its flashpoint, it shall be handled in accordance with the requirements for a Category 3 liquid with a flashpoint below 100 °F (37.8 °C).
Category 4: shall include liquids having flashpoints above 140 °F (60 °C) and at or below 199.4 °F (93 °C). When a Category 4 flammable liquid is heated for use to within 30 °F (16.7 °C) of its flashpoint, it shall be handled in accordance with the requirements for a Category 3 liquid with a flashpoint at or above 100 °F (37.8 °C).
Tips for Safe Hazmat Storage & Handling
To make sure you’re not putting yourself or others’ safety in harm’s way, follow these guidelines to minimize your chance of harm:
- Always wear protective clothing (ie: protective gloves, goggles, masks) and always use protective equipment.
- Practice consistent upkeep. Always make sure everything clean and free of any damage, leaks, cracks that can lead to disastrous accidents.
- Make sure the facilities are properly ventilated
- Make sure all the hazardous materials are properly separated from any substance that could produce an accident.
- Practice correct storage and handling rules from proper stacking and removing of barrels containing dangerous substances.
- Make sure that all your employees are correctly trained and certified for DOT Hazmat Training.
- Always have emergency equipment ready and available.
As previously mentioned, the level of necessity to practice safe hazmat storage and handling is extreme. For that reason, DGD Hazmat always puts safety and caution above all else.
If you’re in need of hazmat training or hazmat shipping or storing, make sure to Contact Us for superior service.