Well-designed hazardous materials and waste storage areas minimize and contain spills and provide for easy inspection of containers:

  • Use high quality, resealable containers to prevent spills, evaporative losses, and contamination; and keep the lids/seals closed when not in use
  • Arrange raw materials storage with access to front and back of shelving so new materials can be placed behind older stock
  • Keep raw material and waste storage area aisles clear of obstructions:
    • Allow elbow room to access all containers easily and minimize spills
    • Space containers to allow inspection for corrosion and leaks
    • Maintain clear, even surfaces on pathways used by workers or equipment
  • Keep storage areas clean and well-lit
  • Stack containers no higher than recommended by manufacturer, in a way which minimizes the potential for tipping, tearing, puncture, or breakage
  • Don't stack equipment against containers
  • Make sure containers and shelving or storage areas are earthquake safe
  • Insulate electrical circuitry and check frequently for corrosion and potential sparking
  • Raise drums off floor to prevent corrosion from concrete "sweating"
  • Provide secondary containment and maintain proper distance between different materials
  • Install sloped concrete floors and curbs or berms for spill containment in areas such as vehicle maintenance
  • Cover outdoor storage areas to prevent contamination of storm water
  • Secure storage areas to minimize liability and hazards of intrusion or dumping



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