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Here's why an open ammonia container could cost your company thousands

by , 21 October 2014
Let's say, your employees work with ammonia everyday. You give them safety equipment to keep them safe from the chemical while they work with it. You also train them to work with it safely.

But you don't have a separate storage area for chemicals and your employees often leave the ammonia sitting out and open.

You may not realise it but this open ammonia container could cost your company a fortune.

Here's why...

 

Your company could face serious penalties all because of an open container of ammonia

 
The OHS Act has very clear rules around chemical regulations and housekeeping. If you leave any chemical container out in the open without a lid on, it's a violation of these regulations.
 
If a DoL inspector pays your company a visit, he'll penalise you for this transgression. These penalties can go into the thousands. They could even cost your company ten times what proper chemical storage would have.
 
That's why it's best to store your chemicals appropriately from the start to avoid a costly DoL fine.
 
Here's how to do this properly. 
 
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Here's how to correctly store your chemicals to avoid DoL penalties

 
First, you need proper containers for the chemicals. Never keep chemicals in plastic buckets or tubs as it could eat away at the plastic.
This could lead to a dangerous chemical spill in your workplace.
 
Use strong metal drums or barrels to contain the chemicals. Remember to assess the conditions of these regularly and replace any that look rusted or damaged.
 
Next, you need a safe storage area for the chemicals. This should be a separate metal storage container with doors you can seal shut. 
 
This will limit any chemical spills. Remember to install proper ventilation in the container so there's no build up of chemical fumes.
 
Properly storing your chemicals will ensure you comply with the OHS Act's chemical and housekeeping regulations and avoid DoL penalties.
 
PS. Check out the Health and Safety Advisor for more on complying with OHS chemical regulations.
 

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