Storage of hazardous substances

Hazardous substances in the company: 5 tips for safe storage

Chlorine, mineral oils: in many companies, flammable or toxic hazardous substances are part of everyday operations. These cannot be stored, especially in large quantities, without safety precautions being taken. What is important when it comes to storage? What are the legal requirements? And when do you need a drip tray? You can find this out in our 5 tips for storing hazardous substances.

1 Store in the right place


With many hazardous substances, it is not immediately apparent what their storage location should be like. But what’s always important: store hazardous materials somewhere where they cannot fall, for example at the very bottom of a rack or in containers that can be safely stacked. Where large amounts of hazardous substances are concerned, you may need a hazardous substances depository or a safety room container. Flammable hazardous substances may not be stored in stairwells, passageways, corridors and attics due to legal regulations.


2 Label hazardous substances


Adequately label toxic, flammable or other hazardous substances. Hazard pictograms ensure that even uninvolved persons can recognise the hazardous substance. In addition, hazardous substances must never be stored in the vicinity of foodstuffs or pharmaceuticals in order to avoid any confusion arising.


3 Use original containers and drip trays


The basic rule is to leave hazardous materials in the original container, especially if they are unbreakable and leak-proof. Do not refill products with hazardous substances and ensure that the container is, and remains, intact. For larger quantities of liquid hazardous substances, drip trays protect against contamination of the environment. According to the law, these must be able to hold at least ten percent of the storage volume or the largest container size stored. In water protection areas, the collection facility must be capable of receiving the entire quantity stored.


4 Restrict access to hazardous substances


Only employees familiar with the handling of hazardous substances should have access to them. Store them, for example, in a safety cabinet that can be locked  and that can only be accessed by competent persons.


5 Inform yourself about further guidelines


All the important information on the subject of the "storage of hazardous substances in transportable and stationary containers" can be found, directly from the regulations, in Gefahrstoffverordnung GefStoffV, AwSV, TRGS 510 and TRGS 509. This is how you play it safe!

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Safe storage of hazardous substances with products from CEMO

The protection of people and nature is a top priority for CEMO. This is why the safe storage of hazardous substances, such as fuels and lubricants, lies at the heart of everything we do. CEMO develops products for the storage of hazardous substances that meet all the legal requirements and combine safety with practical use and excellent manageability.

As a pioneer in the field of hazardous materials storage, you can expect modern storage container technology, the highest quality and excellent service from us. We understand the requirements that apply to the materials you need to store and can supply you with a product that is tailor-made to your needs.


Legal requirements for the storage of hazardous substances


Highly flammable, toxic, corrosive, explosive and harmful substances are considered hazardous substances and are subject to special legal requirements. Since such substances are used in numerous industrial plants, the safe storage of hazardous substances is a relevant topic across all sectors.

Laws, standards and accident prevention regulations are there to ensure the proper handling of hazardous substances. Depending on the substance, quantity and hazard assessment, different safety measures need to be taken. The separate storage of flammable materials and the use of storage techniques that comply with legal regulations and design approvals are always part of the requirements. CEMO has been active in the field of hazardous material storage for decades and is therefore a proven expert in the production of safe and legally-compliant storage techniques.


The wide range of CEMO products for the safe storage of hazardous substances


We can provide you with an extensive range of diverse products for the safe storage of hazardous substances that meet all the legal requirements. From drip trays, barrel racks and tanks to cabinets and containers, CEMO can supply you with the right solution for every need. We have the appropriate storage technology for both indoor and outdoor applications.

Our products made of GRP, PE and steel meet all the safety requirements and thus enable you to store hazardous substances in accordance with regulations and in a space-saving manner. We also supply accessories and extension units to match our storage technology.

Our team will advise you in all questions concerning the storage of hazardous substances and offer you a comprehensive service. Trust in the experience and know-how of CEMO when it comes to the storage of hazardous substances.