Large companies that are integrated with research and manufacturing operations generally handle and store large quantities of hazardous materials that require different types of storage and can sometimes be incompatible. When a laboratory or a manufacturing facility is integrated with the handling and storage of large quantities of chemical inventory, a larger risk becomes evident in the handling and storage process. The risk is also presented to the Safety Director, Environmental Engineer, OSHA Compliance Manager, Manager of Environmental Health and Safety Officer and Director of Environmental Affairs. Ensuring that chemical storage is maintained and stored compliantly is the main priority. When storing hazardous materials regulations need to be met, otherwise fines may come into play.
Regulations and Standards:
There are many regulations that government and independent officials follow to make sure your chemical storage is stored compliantly. Because of all these requirements – it is very important that your hazardous material inventory be stored properly and inside of a compliant chemical storage building. Many organizations and large firms that are involved with manufacturing operations are monitored continuously, so it is necessary that chemical storage be managed properly. It is also important that hazardous materials be disposed of properly and safely.
It is not possible to just work through the EPA or one single regulatory agency. Although, EPA standards must be followed, there are necessary precautions that need to be met by following OSHA and NFPA regulations as well. All standards and regulations must be met when storing hazardous materials. U.S. Chemical Storage offers expert advice on EPA, OSHA and NFPA regulations and we understand the necessary measures that must be met in order to compliantly store hazardous materials. All of our chemical storage buildings are met by EPA, OSHA, and NFPA regulations as well as FM Approved, Warnock Hersey safety and performance marked to meet all compliance measures
Chemical Management Audit:
When organizations store their chemicals on-site, there may a chemical audit sometime in that organization’s life. When a company is being faced with an audit, the regulatory agency will notify you prior to the audit. In order to be prepared for a chemical audit, all regulations of that particular agency, and agencies alike, must be met. Look at all of the regulatory agencies’ checklists, such as OSHA, EPA, and NFPA and make sure that your chemical storage meets all of their requirements. Specific chemicals may require special storage requirements.
There are many regulations that contain different processes to storing chemicals so it can be helpful to make checklists for each regulatory agency. As a plant manager, safety engineer or compliant manager checklists are very common and can be very effective to compliantly storing chemicals. Checklists can track hazardous materials (where they are being stored and in what quantity), how they are being disposed of, where are they located in the facility, how they should be managed. Checklists can benefit facilities’ operations and possibly make your facility more efficient.