Placement of chemicals is just one aspect of storage safety. It’s just as important to take precautions when moving or transferring the substances. For example, it’s a good idea to avoid taking chemicals through areas that contain incompatibles. In addition, anyone who handles chemical containers should follow these precautions:

  • Wear gloves and other PPE recommended on the SDS/MSDS.
  • Check containers regularly for leaks, wear, complete labels, and dates. Report any problems immediately.
  • Don’t use anything from an unlabeled container.
  • Keep containers closed when not in use—and take only what you need for a job.
  • Don’t siphon by mouth.
  • Use bonding and grounding connections on flammable liquid containers during transfer.
  • Transport acid bottles in carriers, not by hand.
  • Don’t mix chemicals with each other or any substance (even water) without specific instructions to do so.
  • Keep storage areas clean, neat, and free of dust.
  • Don’t block aisles, exits, sprinklers, or firefighting equipment.