Leaks are likely to happen when there is no chemical storage in place. Liquids should be kept in double-contained or unbreakable packaging. There are a lot of chemicals that easily react with air composition. In case of a leak, devastating effects are bound to happen including explosion, fire, and hazardous gases and vapors.
It is important to always keep chemicals away from sunlight and direct heat. They should also be well-ventilated and far from static electricity. This is due to the fact that chemicals react in such situations and such may lead to fire or explosion.
In addition, heat and sunlight can also damage the containers and labels of these chemicals and could impact the chemicals. This is very common in places with hot and humid climate. Also, it should not be too cold and there should be a balance between these two.
These chemicals should be stored in the right storage cabinets or room if they happen to exceed 10 gallons. As flammable materials could easily burn and ignite, they should never be kept in areas that are near electrical equipment, heating equipment, and exits. They need to be inside of well-ventilated areas and far from possible sources of ignition.
A good flammable chemical storage needs to have pressure release valves, welded seams, self-closing doors, and spark or flame arrestors. Compressed gases should not be stored near any flammable chemical. Oxidizing acids should also be far from flammable substances. This is to avoid any inadvertent mixing of incompatible chemicals that could lead to dangerous gases and vapors, fire, and explosions.
Corrosive and flammables on the other hand, need to be kept separately. For instance, chromic acids, perchloric, nitric, etc. are present in the corrosives and acids chemical storage cabinet. All organic corrosives like butylamine and acetic acid should be moved to another type of cabinet.
These types of chemicals cause damage to the living tissues and the central nervous systems or even lead to death as soon as they are absorbed or inhaled. Therefore, it is highly important to have the right and secured storage that are handled properly. Moreover, they need to be kept in secondary containment with “toxic” label on them.
These chemicals should not be kept near a sink as they could react with water that can cause an explosion. Liquid and dry chemicals should not be put together regardless of their compatibility.
These should always be kept in a plastic secondary container. The storage for this one should never have any metallic part. Failure to store it properly will lead to burning, poisoning, and gassing through explosion.
Storing chemicals properly is of great importance because failure to do so could lead to dangers and put the lives of workers at risk. This is something that you should never allow to happen so be sure to invest in a good storage cabinet.