Chemical Hazards: New chemicals information sheets
New information sheets, entitled “Storage of Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories” and“Storage of Hazardous Chemicals in Warehouses & Drumstores” have been developed to provide guidance on the safe management of stored chemicals with hazardous properties such as toxic, flammable, corrosive, etc.
The information sheets
- Advise on how such chemicals should be appropriately segregated according to hazard class so as to avoid or minimise reactions and ensure adequate containment.
- Address good practice in management of chemical packaging by means of regular inspection of the packaging, management of safety information, in particular maintenance of up to date safety data sheets, and emergency response actions to take in the event of loss of containment of a packaged chemical such as a spillage or gas release.
- Provide references to detailed guidance on the subject of hazardous chemical properties, storage arrangements and emergency response.