Chemicals and Dangerous Goods Handling & Packing

Packing and handling chemicals and dangerous goods requires strict adherence to storage and handling of dangerous goods safety regulations and guidelines to prevent accidents and protect human health and the environment. This process involves selecting appropriate packaging materials, labelling, and storage procedures and compliance with local and international regulations governing the transportation and handling of hazardous substances. It is critical to prioritise safety and ensure that chemicals and dangerous goods are packaged, stored, and transported to minimise risks and hazards associated with their use. As premier chemical importers, we specialise in sourcing and delivering high-quality products to meet diverse industrial needs.

Why Is It Important to Safely Store Hazardous Chemicals?

Hazardous chemicals can have devastating consequences, as they can cause fires, explosions, injuries, poisoning, and property damage if stored improperly. Additionally, some hazardous chemicals are incompatible with each other, and when they mix, they can trigger explosions, release toxic, flammable or corrosive gases, and corrode chemical containers.

Two critical objectives are achieved by identifying incompatible hazardous chemicals and ensuring they are stored well away from each other. Firstly, it minimises the likelihood of incidents and reactions that could harm people or the environment. Secondly, it reduces the chance that stored chemicals will contribute to or worsen an incident, ultimately safeguarding lives, property, and the surrounding ecosystem.

Storing Hazardous Chemicals Safely

Storing hazardous chemicals safely is a paramount concern at our facility. We implement various measures to ensure the secure storage of hazardous substances storage and handling of dangerous goods. We use:

  • Safe Containers: At Chemical Solutions, our commitment to storing hazardous chemicals safely begins with using specially designed containers that meet rigorous safety and regulatory standards dangerous goods standards. These containers are not only in sound condition but are also carefully selected to ensure they can safely contain the chemical substances they house. We pay meticulous attention to compatibility, ensuring that the container materials suit the specific chemicals they hold.
  • Underground Storage: We employ an advanced approach to enhance safety and environmental protection by utilising underground storage for certain hazardous chemicals.
  • Storage and Handling Systems: We utilise advanced storage and handling systems that facilitate safe and efficient chemical management.
  • Bulk Storage Systems: We have dedicated bulk storage areas with enhanced safety features and protocols to mitigate risks associated with bulk chemical storage for chemicals stored in large quantities.

Our Dangerous Goods Handling Procedures

We are extra careful when storing and handling chemicals and dangerous goods and adhere to all dangerous goods standards. While the steps we follow for storage may differ based on the chemical we are handling, there are specific guidelines we follow always. These include:

  • Being Extra Careful when Handling Big Packages: We take extra precautions when dealing with larger quantities or packages of hazardous substances. This may include using specialised equipment for handling, ensuring secure storage, and implementing additional safety measures during transportation.
  • Dispensing Dangerous Goods Away from Incompatible Chemicals: When we take dangerous chemicals out of their containers, there's a chance they might mix with other hazardous substances that don't get along with them. When these incompatible dangerous goods mix, they create hazards or spark chemical reactions dangerous to people and property. To prevent this, we dispense dangerous goods in isolated areas, away from other incompatible classes of hazardous goods.
  • Wear the Right Gear When Handling Dangerous Substances: Our workers handling hazardous chemicals wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment or PPE to protect themselves from exposure. This may include gloves, goggles, masks, or specialised suits. Regular maintenance and inspection of PPE are conducted to ensure its effectiveness.
  • Read and Understand the Safety Sheet: The Safety Data Sheet (SDS) provides critical information about the chemical, including its properties, hazards, safe handling practices, and emergency response procedures. Our employees are trained to read and understand the SDS to minimise risks associated with the chemical.

Handling Flammable Substances

When dealing with dangerous goods like asphyxiants and combustible dusts, we ensure the following:

  • Correct storage of these substances in confined spaces
  • Compatibility of the storage space to contain spills
  • Restrict their supply and access to minors below the age of 16 years.

Transporting Dangerous Goods

Safety is our priority at Chemical Solutions, and we take great care when transporting dangerous goods. We are proud to hold a license that allows us to transport dangerous goods, including those produced through toll manufacturing and contract manufacturing services, in quantities that exceed set limits. This license reflects our commitment to adhering to stringent safety standards and regulations while ensuring the secure and responsible transportation of hazardous substances. With an experienced team and our dedication to compliance, we can handle and transport dangerous goods with the utmost care and expertise, providing peace of mind to our clients and partners.

Get in Touch

We are committed to all dangerous goods storage and handling regulations to ensure your safety and peace of mind. For more information on our storage and handling of hazardous goods, contact us at 1300 708 558.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Handle Dangerous Chemicals?
Handling dangerous chemicals requires strict adherence to safety protocols and regulatory guidelines. We employ a comprehensive approach at Chemical Solutions to ensure safe handling practices. This includes using appropriate personal protective equipment, storing chemicals in designated areas, following established procedures, and providing ongoing training to our team.
What Are the Basic Steps to Handling Chemicals?
Handling chemicals involves a series of fundamental steps to ensure safety. Firstly, employees should be trained to understand the chemicals they're working with, including their hazards and safety measures. Wear suitable personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves and goggles, and work in a well-ventilated area. Follow proper storage and labelling protocols, ensuring chemicals are stored in compatible containers and away from incompatible substances. During handling, minimise exposure, avoid contact with skin or eyes, and use appropriate tools for dispensing or transferring. After use, securely seal containers, clean up spills promptly and dispose of waste following relevant regulations. Regularly review and update safety procedures to maintain a secure chemical handling environment.
What Are Dangerous Goods?
Dangerous goods, often known as hazardous materials or substances, are materials or chemicals that pose a risk to health, safety, property, or the environment due to their inherent properties. These properties may include flammability, toxicity, corrosiveness, or the potential for explosion. Dangerous goods are categorised into classes and are subject to strict regulations governing their storage, handling, transportation, and disposal to minimise risks and ensure public and environmental safety.
What Are Dangerous Goods in The Workplace?
Dangerous goods in the workplace refer to materials or chemicals with inherent properties that can pose risks to the health and safety of employees, the workplace environment, and property. These goods encompass many substances, including flammable, toxic, corrosive, or explosive materials. To manage these risks effectively, workplaces must adhere to stringent regulations and safety protocols for the storage, handling, and transportation of dangerous goods, ensuring their personnel's well-being and the workplace's security.
What is The Australian Standard for Dangerous Goods Storage?
The Australian Standard for Dangerous Goods Storage is AS NZS 4452-1997. This standard provides comprehensive guidelines and specifications for safely storing and managing toxic materials in various industrial and commercial settings within Australia.
How Should Chemicals Be Transported Safely?
To transport chemicals safely, several critical measures should be followed. First, choose appropriate containers compatible with the specific chemicals to be transported, ensuring they are sealed tightly to prevent leaks or spills. Secure the containers within the vehicle using proper restraints and ensure they are positioned to avoid tipping or shifting during transit. Label all containers clearly, indicating the chemical's identity and any associated hazards. Adequate ventilation within the transport vehicle is crucial to prevent the buildup of fumes or dangerous gases. Drivers should be trained in handling emergencies and equipped with personal protective equipment. Regular inspections of both the vehicle and the chemicals being transported should be conducted to promptly identify and address potential issues, ensuring safe and compliant transportation of hazardous materials.
What Are the Rules for Handling and Storage of Chemicals?
Ensuring the safe handling and storage of chemicals in the workplace entails several essential rules and practices. This includes utilising suitable containers, implementing proper storage and handling systems, and displaying relevant signs for clear identification. When storing hazardous chemicals above specified quantities, it's crucial to maintain a manifest and use placards for hazard communication. Different rules apply to the bulk storage of hazardous chemicals, and it's essential to be aware of potential variations in regulations among states and territories. To stay compliant and informed, contact your local Work Health and Safety (WHS) regulator for specific guidance and regulations on chemical storage in your area.