It takes a special kind of warehouse to provide the expertise necessary for chemical storage and hazardous material warehousing (Haz-Mat). These warehouses “have regulations that concern the Federal Clean air Act, Clean Water Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, & Liability Act (CERCLA, also known as Superfund), Resource Conservation and Recover Act (RCRA), Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), Hazardous Materials Transportation Act (regulated by the Department of Transport), Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA, regulated by the EPA) and others.” 
With the growing trend of Fortune 1000 companies moving their warehousing solutions to the Midwest, the growing need for chemical storage and hazardous material warehousing specialists located in the Midwest has started a steady increase over the past several months, and this trend is expected to continue into the foreseeable future.
Many chemical storage warehouse customers require seamless integration with Haz-Mat transportation specialists and Haz-Mat storage specialists. With Haz-Mat transportation under increased scrutiny, it is becoming even more important to find a chemical storage warehouse solution with an experienced hazardous material management team in place and for them to be available to provide their expertise in hazardous material handling situations, warehousing and transportation.
What makes FW Warehousing different is that FW has an experienced and highly educated team of Haz-Mat handling professionals working in the proper warehousing environment:
- FW’s employees are trained to OSHA‘s chemical storage standards:
- Ensure all containers of hazardous chemicals are properly labeled.
- Segregate all incompatible chemicals for proper storage of chemicals by hazard class.
- Do not store chemicals alphabetically except within a grouping of compatible chemicals.
- Flammable materials should be stored in an approved, dedicated flammable materials storage cabinet or storage room if the volume exceeds ten gallons. Keep cabinet doors closed.
- Chemicals should be stored no higher than eye level and never on the top shelf of a storage unit.
- Do not overcrowd shelves.
- Avoid storing chemicals on the floor.
- Liquids should be stored in unbreakable or double-contained packaging.
- Store acids in dedicated acid cabinet.
- Store highly toxic or controlled materials in a locked, dedicated poison cabinet.
- Volatile or highly odorous chemical shall be stored in a ventilated cabinet.
- All chemicals should be labeled and dated upon receipt.
- First aid supplies, emergency phone numbers, eyewash and emergency shower equipment, fire extinguishers, spill cleanup supplies and personal protective equipment should be readily available and personnel trained in their use.
The chemical storage warehousing employees and transportation experts are equipped with Haz-Mat certification, which means that these employees can handle flammables, corrosives, oxidizers, gases, combustible liquid, organix peroxide and poison (toxic) and poison inhalation hazard.
- Climate-controlled environments ensure that any hazardous materials stored are safe from dangerous temperatures, moisture or any other destructive climate forces.
- FW works with the local Fire Department, EPA and OSHA to maintain safety and operations features. These include:
1. A high pressure foam sprinkler system
2. A constantly monitored fire and theft system
3. EE rated forklifts
4. A specially designed primary and secondary containment system
FW Warehousing is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri with Midwest warehouse distribution centers in Kansas City, Indianapolis and St. Louis totaling more than four million square feet. Founded in 1949 with a focus on food-grade storage, FW later broadened its services to include contract warehousing, dry storage, hazardous material and chemical storage, temperature-controlled storage, product distribution and B2B and B2C fulfillment.
FW Warehousing has more than 50 years of experience in third-party 3PL logistics and has been ranked in the top 100 Third Party Logistic Companies in the country by Inbound Logistics magazine.
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