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The Ultimate Guide to Storing Hazardous Materials


If your warehouse is involved in storing hazardous materials, it is crucial to follow the proper storage procedures for these substances. Meeting specific requirements is crucial when storing such items to avoid encountering various issues. Failure to adhere to these requirements can lead to an unsafe environment, posing potential risks to everyone around.


Storing Hazardous Materials
Storing Hazardous Materials

What Are the Risks of Storing Hazardous Materials Incorrectly?

No matter the setting that you are working in, when you are handling hazardous materials all regulations and guidelines must be followed. If you are responsible for handling these materials, you must fully understand these requirements. Incorrect storage can lead to many different hazards which include:

  • Health Hazards
  • Fire and Explosions
  • Contamination
  • Violation of Regulations
  • Barriers to Emergency Responders

These hazards can cause harm to not only yourself but to others as well. If not stored properly the risks include exposure to toxic chemicals and gasses that can cause serious health problems including death.

Improper storage can also lead to fires and explosions which can cause death or significant damage to property. Improper storage can lead you to face fines and other legal trouble from the governing bodies: OSHA, EPA, DOT. Additionally, in the event of an emergency the improper storage of hazardous materials can make it difficult for first responders.


What are the Regulations of Hazardous Material Storage?

As mentioned earlier, there are governing bodies that set the regulations for hazmat storage. These entities set their own regulations for protecting workers and the environment when storing these materials.

The first organization’s regulations that you must follow is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA is responsible for creating and enforcing regulations that protect workers and their work environments. This is done through setting the standards for labeling hazardous chemicals and regulations for storing, handling, and disposing of hazardous materials.

Next is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA’s role in hazmat storage is to set requirements that are responsible for the protection of the environment. These requirements focus on the transportation and safe storage of hazardous materials and waste.

The Department of Transportation’s (DOT) regulations work closely with those of the EPA. The DOT’s regulations cover the transportation of hazardous materials including regulations on the safe storage of hazardous materials during transportation. This includes packaging, labeling, and storage.

Barrels - Storing Hazardous Materials
Barrels – Storing Hazardous Materials

The Best 10 Practices for Hazmat Storage

  1. Use Proper Containers

Storing hazardous materials in containers that are specifically designed for that hazmat material is one way to ensure proper storage. These containers should be free from any damage such as cracks, leaks, and any other damage.

  1. Clearly Label Each Container

Each container should be clearly labeled to understand what is inside. Each container should be labeled with the chemical name, hazard classification, and any necessary warnings.

  1. Store With Other Compatible Materials

When storing hazardous materials consider combining materials based on compatibility. Hazardous materials can be considered compatible if they are not likely to react with each other.

  1. Store items in designated areas

For hazardous materials designated areas should be assigned for storage. These areas should be away from any potential sources of heat, sparks, or flames.

  1. Store in a secure location

Due to the sensitivity of these materials, they should be stored in a secure area where unauthorized personnel cannot access them.

  1. Store Heavier items at the bottom

Storing the heaviest items at the bottom can prevent any damage from falling to the containers.

  1. Store in an upright position

Storing hazmat materials in an upright position can help to avoid any leaks or spills.

  1. Store in a cool, dry place

Storing these items in cool locations away from heat and moisture helps to prevent chemical reactions that could create a hazardous situation.

  1. Store away from food and drink

To prevent contamination, hazmat materials should be kept away from any food and drink.

  1. Properly train employees

Employees who handle hazardous materials should be properly trained in the matter and how to react in an emergency or spill.


How to store HAZMAT products with DGM Boston?

Reach out to a dangerous goods company, to help you with hazardous material storage!

At DGM Boston, we understand that hazardous materials require special handling to ensure the safety of everyone involved. That’s why we specialize in the packaging and storage of hazardous materials that meet or exceed all regulatory requirements. Our team of experts has the knowledge and experience to handle a wide range of hazardous materials, including chemicals, batteries, and medical waste.

Contact us today to let us help you package and ship your dangerous goods.