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Don't get burned by health and safety rulings by not storing chemicals properly!

by , 24 January 2013
SAFC Hitech Ltd faces fines of up to over £40,000 in health and safety charges after an employee was injured in a chemical explosion. The employee was working with a chemical that's known to combust spontaneously on contact with air. Think how easily your employees could be injured if there was a chemical spill in your company.There are seven steps to make sure you install stacking racks properly to safely store any hazardous chemicals in your workplace and ensure your employees' health and safety.

SAFC Hitech Ltd, a specialistchemical company in the UK,has just pleaded guilty to health and safety charges after a worker suffered 'horrific injuries' following achemical explosion in its factory over a year ago, the Liverpool Echo website reports.
 
It now faces fines of over £40,000.
 
Think how easily your employees could be injured if there was achemical spill in your company. 
 
That's why the State of New York has just issued a news release on the handling and management of chemical hazards.
 
It states that an adequate number and placement of safety showers, eyewash units, and fire extinguishers should be provided where chemicals are being handled,as Waste Management World reports.
 
You can take steps now to ensure your employees' health and safety if you store hazardous chemicals on site at your workplace.
 
Simply follow these seven steps to ensure proper stacking and storage of your chemical supplies, as listed in the Health and Safety Bulletin.
 
Seven steps to ensure proper stacking and storage of chemical supplies
 
1. Implement and document a stacking process. This process includes the racking system to be used, as well as the requirements and processes that must be followed for installation.
 
2. All employees working in the warehouse must be trained in the stacking process. This'll ensure they know how to recognise and report unsafe stacking and storage.
 
3. All different types of stacking racksmust be identified and listed. This'll help you identify the most suitable rack for the equipment you want to stack and store.
 
4. Buy your stacking racks from a legally registered and approved manufacturer. The stacking racks must be designed by a professional engineer.
 
5. Employ a qualified expert to install the stacking racks. If the racks are installed by a non-qualified person, they might not be properly installed and you'll face the risk of chemicalspills.
 
6. Make sure the contract you give to the stacking and storage expert includes the requirements of the stacking erectors.
 
7. Sign a legally sound handover process document to show you accept the completed installation from the erector.
 
Once you have properly installed stacking racks to store your chemical supplies, you can breathe a sigh of relief that your employees are less likely to suffer chemical burns in the workplace.

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