Hazardous Materials Storage - Best Management Practices

All fluids (except fuels) should be drained in dismantling area;

Fuels should be drained in a well ventilated area in the event of a fire.  Fuel should be removed prior to dismantling.

Fluids should be stored and handled so as to prevent leaks and spills by;

  • placing containers in an area where they cannot be damaged or vandalized;
  • using containers that have properly fitting lids;
  • containers are clearly labelled;
  • deteriorated are replaced;
  • provide covered, secondary containment around storage tanks;
  • spills around storage tanks are cleaned up;
  • containers are stored over impervious surface with no floor drains

Good Practice

This shed has concrete secondary containment in the foundation.  The shed provides easy access for employees and the barrells are clearly marked.
This large container is an interesting approach.  Make sure the larger container has no leaks.
This is a great way to store lead-acid batteries.  The plastic container is in an old cube van.  Any spilled acid will be neutralized by the baking soda in the bottom of the plastic container.
The large funnel at the top of the oil tank will reduce the chance of spills and the large container located inside a shipping container provides secondary containment. 

 Bad Practice

 This oil tank does not have a concrete pad, roof or secondary containment.  In addition, the owner brought in clean gravel to cover up the spills that have accumulated over the years.
These containers were simply left outside.
At least these containers are stored inside a cube van