Hazmat storage including flammable liquids are present in nearly every workplace. The hazards associated with hazardous material liquids and flammable liquids can be greater than estimated. To prevent fires, hazardous materials and the storage of flammables require special techniques for storage, handling and transferring. It is necessary that all workplaces have emergency plans prior to the storage of flammables or other hazardous materials.
Consider these factors when choosing a hazmat storage container from US Chemical Storage.
Fire Separation Distances – Hazardous Storage Container
The type of hazmat storage container selected will determine the appropriate proximity to occupied facilities and property lines. The International Building Code specifies minimum distances, illustrated below.
- Fire-Rating Distance from Occupied Facilities or Property Lines
- Four hour fire-rated: Less than 10 feet or within an existing structure.
- Two hour fire-rated: 10 to 30 feet.
- Non-Combustible (no fire rating): Greater than 30 feet
View our chemical storage guide to learn more about hazards for specific chemicals.
How much inventory is being stored?
One of the first questions to ask yourself is, how much inventory is being stored. Answering this question will provide specifics to understand the measurements for a concrete foundation and distances from property lines and/or occupied structures.
Factors to consider:
- Do your chemical storage demands consist of storing small containers including buckets, bags, or small bottles?
- Are you storing totes? If so what size?
- Are you storing chemical drums? Are they stored on pallets or individually?
- What is the maximum amount of inventory you plan to store?
What are the material handling requirements?
- When storing or removing chemical storage from a hazmat storage container what type of equipment is being used?
- Drum dolly
- Hand truck
- Extended forklift
- Physical labor
Some regions of the country have extreme heat and require a cooling system to be implemented into a chemical storage building for full compliance, where colder regions may require a heating system be implemented. View our variety of accessories, outline below, to meet your specific project requirements.
Hazmat Storage Accessories
A range of accessories are available to meet safety and compliance requirements, when storing hazardous materials. Accessories include mechanical or natural ventilation, dry chemical fire suppression, heating and cooling systems, shelving, explosion relief constructions, electrical components, lighting and more. Accessories can be used to increase safety for workers or can simply be used for creating an efficient chemical storage atmosphere.
Contact US Chemical Storage online or call 1-800-233-1480 to learn more about compliant hazmat storage containers.