The material handling equipment needed in a chemical storage warehouse can vary slightly or significantly from a warehouse facility that stores packed foods, plastics or engine parts.
Two specialized pieces of material handling equipment frequently seen in chemical warehouse facilities include flammable and chemical cabinets and wheelie bin tippers.
Flammable and Chemical Cabinets – Flammable and chemical cabinets are designed to safely store a variety of chemicals including flammables, corrosives, pesticides and poisons. These study metal lockers are intended to prevent spillage of harmful chemicals, in solid, liquid or gas forms and to restrict access to these materials. Chemical cabinets and lockers should be locked when not in use. In some instances, state or local codes or individual company or insurance carrier policies may specify that storage cabinets for some types of chemicals or flammables be vented; however, ventilation of chemical lockers or cabinets is not required (or even recommended) by any regulatory U.S. federal regulatory agency.
Wheelie Bin Tippers – Wheelie bin tippers and stationary bin tippers are pieces of equipment that provides the safest, easiest way to pour liquids, powders, granules or other materials from one bin or drum into another. These devices have a wide range of using ranging from emptying rubbish bins into dumpsters to pouring food ingredients into hoppers or mixers. They are equally useful in HAZ-MAT facilities, and allow workers to avoid handling heavy containers (sometimes weighing as much as 600 pounds or more) directly.
Other material handling equipment used in chemical warehouse facilities include: lift trucks, pallet jacks, caged lifters, tow trucks, trolleys, scales, palletizers, conveyors, etc.
It’s important for warehouse managers to know and understand the differences between the different material handling equipment options. All warehouses need to be equipped with the specialized equipment. It’s not safe for the customer’s, their products or employees to be working with the wrong equipment.
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