According to the Health & Safety Advisor, your stacking and storage practices must comply with three regulations:
But, your duties don't end there. You also have to implement these eight stacking and storage rules…
Stacking and storage: Here are eight rules you must implement today!
Rule #1: Don't store flammable items close to naked light or fluorescent source. Stick to the distances recommended by the Fire Prevention Association.
According to the Association, no flammable material may be stored less than 1.5m from any light (other than cold or fluorescent lighting) or less than 2m away from any electrical distribution board.
Rule #2: Make sure there's adequate clearance between freestanding stacks to allow for access and fire control.
Rule #3: Always adhere to the principle of good housekeeping! There's a place for everything and everything must be in its place at all times.
Rule #4: Stack rack in storerooms, cold rooms and chill rooms with the sides of the stack either vertical or slightly stepped.
Never allow any overhang. And never step forward from top to bottom over aisles or in areas where an article from a stack can fall to a lower storage level.
Rule #5: Stack drums, other than those containing flammable liquids, on pallets. Check the drums if they're being stored on their sides.
Rule #6: Store gases, tyres, oils, styrene, packaging and similar combustible materials separately and not near ignition sources.
Rule #7: Regularly refer to local or provincial ordnances and Gazettes for information on quantities of flammables that can be stored, the requirements for inflammable stores, and local authority permits.
Usually a permit is required when the amount stored exceeds 200l.
Rule #8: Store pipes and bar stock on cross braces or racks with retaining uprights.
Remember that failure to properly control your stacking and storage will result in explosions and injuries. So make sure you implement these eight rules to avoid this.
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