straight forward health and safty advice
All substances including chemicals, solvents and fuel should be stored in a
specially selected and locked areas
Store like substances together and away from other groups of substances that
might cause a reaction if mixed; and store oxidizing and flammable
substances in separate locations. This is to prevent the inadvertent mixing of
incompatible chemicals, which can produce harmful gases and/or vapours,
heat, fire and explosions.
Do not store substances higher than eye level, and never on the top shelf of a storage unit; and
avoid storing them on the floor (even temporary); and follow these basic precautions to control
the potential risks:Chemical storage area
store substances according to the manufacturer's instructions on the safety data sheet;
keeping the minimum quantity of hazardous substances necessary;
store incompatible substances separately;
take steps to prevent the release or leakage of dangerous substances;
keeping a spill kit near to the storage areas, and make sure people know what to do in the
event of a spill;
clean up any leaks or spills that occur;
use appropriate precautions when handling substances - for example, wearing protective
clothing or by ensuring adequate ventilation;
check that containers used for short-term storage are properly labelled.
Allocate safe storage areas for the storage of flammable materials and gases; and make sure that
warning signs are displayed, so that everyone is aware of the risk that they pose. Keep:
flammable materials like petrol, solvents and adhesives in lockable steel
flammable gases, upright on their base and stored outside buildings; in well-
ventilated and secure areas, such as wire mesh cages.
Any tank used for the bulk storage of fuel must have a bund around it, which will hold
the contents of the tank plus 10%, so that any leakage from it is contained.