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Hazardous Chemicals & the GHS: Chemical Storage

January 16, 2020

Most organisations understand, that at the very least, controls are needed when using hazardous chemicals, but forget that chemicals in storage can be just, if not more dangerous. Whilst handling related hazards are typically more likely to occur, due to chemicals being handled, decanted, used, mixed or diluted, in most cases the quantities involved are generally smaller that the amounts being stored, helping minimise how widespread the impacts can be. Whilst storing hazardous chemicals probably has a relatively lower likelihood of hazards occurring, due to the absence of handling activities within storage areas (eg mixing, decanting), the quantities are  higher providing the potential for more serious or widespread damage.