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Chemical Containers

When working on a daily basis with small amounts of chemical liquids it can be very easy to let your guard down and forget they are part of COSHH regulations. However, it’s of paramount importance that all dangerous substances are used and transported safely.

To make sure this happens, a range of chemical cans should be used. Items such as the flammable liquid laboratory can will dispense and store small amounts of liquids in a safe, controlled manner. Our practical buying guide will talk you through the options available, from fireproof containers to plunger cans and other specialist options.

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Safety Cans & Containers: Buying Guide

Although working with chemicals has the potential to cause ill health to staff and damage to premises or the wider environment, many of these hazards can be mitigated by a few simple steps. One of those is having the correct equipment for the job. When choosing chemical containers the following factors must be considered:

  • Container Purpose - Chemicals should never be stored or transported in a container that is not expressly designed for that use.

  • Container Sustainability – Never refill a disposable container as they will degrade over time and become dangerous.

  • Cross-contamination – Guard against the accidental mixing of substances by using a dedicated container for each.

  • GHS Labelling – Make sure all smaller containers are marked with the appropriate hazard type and any other information that might be required by law.

Once a suitable container has been sourced there are several other procedures that should be put in place to ensure chemicals are handled safely.

  • Bottles and cans must be placed on a flat surface in a position where they are unlikely to topple.

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) such as goggles should be worn to shield against splashes or spills.

  • To prevent containers from being dropped, consider the use of a trolley or cart – especially if they are being moved over long distances.

  • After chemicals are decanted, staff should immediately wash their hands or throw away disposable gloves.

These aspects of safe handling should be set out clearly as part of your company’s COSHH policy and all staff must be aware of which containers to use and how to fill them safely.

Flammable Liquid Cans

If you are working with flammable liquids, it is important to adhere to the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR). These are similar to COSHH regulations in that they state you must assess risks and eliminate, reduce or mitigate them. When choosing a flammable liquid container, look for one that works within these guidelines and is approved by an independent body, such as FM Global.

For dispensing flammable liquids, look for a can with a tap or spout such as the lab steel shelf can or type II dispensing can for accurate distribution. To prevent fire from spreading, a protective waste can is available for disposing of contaminated rags, wipes and clothes.

Plunger Cans and Specialist Containers

Cleaning small items with solvents can involve many components, and as such, when carrying out this task there is a high risk of accidental spills. A specialist container such as a bench can will virtually eradicate the chance of chemicals being spread accidentally. A flammable liquid plunger can is available for applying liquids to rags and clothes, avoiding chemicals from being poured onto surfaces accidentally and ensuring the correct amount is dispensed.

If in doubt always check safety data sheets or consult a registered health and safety adviser for further information on what is appropriate for you. In the meantime, we have100’s of actionable Chemical and COSHH Safety tips to help you and your business stay within the law. Read them here in our What is COSHH and How to do a COSHH Assessment guides.