Plastic Storage Drum

8 Tips for Safely Handling Chemicals in  Plastic Drums 


 Nobody wants to have to clean up a mess and when it comes to shipping chemicals, cleaning up the mess can be quite difficult, dangerous and expensive. That is why prevention is always the right way. Using a 55-gallon plastic chemical drum or a 15-gallon chemical drum to ship industrial chemicals is a popular shipping option. Follow these eight tips when handling chemicals in a plastic pail to promote a safe and productive work environment.1. Know which chemicals cannot be stored in HDPE drums. 
 
High-density polyethene (HDPE) storage drums are an excellent choice for most chemicals as they are resistant to most common substances. However, reactive chemicals should not be stored in these drums. 
 
2. Investigate safety procedures in detail and have copies of the Emergency Response Guide available. 
There is no substitute for a thorough and thorough understanding of relevant security procedures. The Emergency Response Guide is an important document as it provides instructions on how to respond to different types of incidents involving hazardous materials. 
 
 3. Ensure all kegs are properly labelled. Knowledge is power and proper labelling gives employees the knowledge and power to handle chemical drums safely. Read the GHS chemical labelling requirements to find out if your chemicals are considered hazardous and if they require hazardous material labels on your shipping drums. If hazardous material labels and declarations are required, make sure you have also completed the hazardous material shipping declaration forms for your carrier. 
 
 4. Only buy refurbished kegs from a company that uses a full refurbishment process. Refurbished plastic kegs can save you a lot of money, but you don't want to sacrifice quality in the process. Therefore, remanufactured kegs should only be purchased from a qualified  DPI Recyclers supplier. We use the latest techniques to thoroughly clean our kegs to ensure they are dirt free. 
 
 5. Have safety equipment such as drip pans and drip barrels ready for emergencies. The right safety equipment can make all the difference in an emergency situation. Therefore, you should always have essential equipment such as spill containment grids and spill drums on hand to contain a spill immediately. Also, check which fire extinguishers are compatible with the materials you are storing and have the correct type on hand.

6. Please make sure the kegs are fully sealed before shipment. 
 plastic shipping kegs generally use one of two types of closure mechanisms: open head and closed head. No matter which one you use, it's important to check the sealing mechanism on your kegs before they head out the door. Gaskets should fit snugly and not leak. Even a small one can quickly become a larger one, so it's important to maintain a zero-tolerance policy. 
 
 7. Use the right tools to safely dispense chemicals from a drum. 
 When you dose the chemical contents of a keg, you need to have the right materials on hand to do it right. Before you begin,  make a checklist of the supplies you'll need, including funnels, pumps, faucets, and a stopper wrench for opening stopper kegs. If your substance is a liquid that needs to be heated before decanting, also check out our easy-to-use drum and pail heaters. 
 
 8. Inspect your drums regularly to ensure they are working properly. 
 Regular inspections of stored plastic drums should be part of storage operations, as should standard practices such as inventory taking. It's far better to catch a leak or other problem early so it can be fixed before it becomes an unpleasant (and potentially dangerous) surprise.