4 Safety Guidelines when Handling IBCs

If you’re going to start working with intermediate bulk containers, here are a few safety guidelines and tips you must always keep in mind:

Proper labeling matters

Label all your storage with what’s stored. Don’t forget to add information on any hazard that the material might pose so that people know what handling precautions or measures to take with the containers. This will help prevent accidents from happening.

Ensure safe storage

Be sure your primary containers are the right option for the job. Your intermediate bulk containers must be compliant with safety regulations, durable and leak-free. Make sure your secondary containers fit those descriptions as well. And if you’re working with hazardous substances like flammable liquids or pesticides, it might be best to take extra precautions to prevent any accidents at work.

Proper delivery and handling

Materials must be labeled for delivery. You will need to supervise and monitor all deliveries and material transfers to make sure there aren’t any problems. And if there are, to properly secure the material if spills or leaks happen. Rough transport conditions can expose your containers to wear. Proper delivery and handling guidelines can help ensure your containers stay leak-free.

Inspect and maintain

Don’t forget to inspect your containers on a regular basis. Do visual checks every day. Always check your storage as well. If your storage space has humidity problems or leaks, that could compromise the integrity of your containers. You’ll need to have those repaired as soon as possible. Follow the same practice with your containers, says the NIEA. If you see any signs of wear on your containers, you might want to go for repairs. However, know the difference between containers that require repairs from those that need to be replaced. If the repairs are too severe, you’ll need to shop around for new IBCs instead.

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