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The Crucial Role of Drum Management and Safe Handling Procedures

The Crucial Role of Drum Management and Safe Handling Procedures 

The proper management of drums containing hazardous materials and liquids is paramount to safeguarding both employees and the environment. From storage to transportation, every step in drum management process requires strict adherence to safety protocols and OHSA requirements to prevent spills, injuries or environmental damage. In this article, we will explore the importance of safe handling and management procedures when using drums in the workplace. We will focus on the critical need for proactive safety measures and products that can also streamline productivity in industrial settings. 

Understanding the Risks: 

Industrial drums often house flammable or hazardous materials that pose potential risks to both employees and the environment if not managed with care. This makes their safe handling a top priority. Before implementing effective safety measures, it is important to understand the nature of the materials in the drum first. Once the required handling regulations of the materials are known, a proactive safety plan can be developed and implemented. 

Storage Solutions for Safety: 

Proper storage is a key element of drum management. Using storage solutions that were specifically designed to store hazardous materials, like spill pallets, can be the difference between a secure workplace and a potential disaster waiting to happen. Spill Doctor’s drum management spill pallets, for example, are crafted from medium-density polyethylene, ensuring durability and chemical resistance. These spill pallets are designed to hold drums horizontally above a 400 litre sump, providing a secure containment area in case of spills. 

Additionally, the stackable add-ons for these spill pallets allow for increased storage capacity without compromising safety. These are innovative solutions to maximize space while maintaining a commitment to safety. 

Safe Transportation with Drum Caddies: 

It is important to transport drums safely within a facility using specialized equipment, however, many companies ask staff to manually move drums, which exposes them to the risk or injury or exposure to the liquids stored. A full drum can often weigh around 220kg which means alternative transportation options are imperative. Spill Doctor’s drum caddy is equipped with wheels and a 230-litre sump. This spill pallet offers a secure means of moving drums, even when fully loaded. Drum caddies not only ensure the safety of personnel but also prevents spills during transit, contributing to a safer work environment. 

Controlled Decanting with Drum Funnels: 

Transferring materials from drums introduces the risk of spills. Using polyethylene drum funnels allows for safe handling and addresses this concern. Spill Doctor offers a specially crafted drum funnel, fitted with a debris strainer and spill-free design. This funnel facilitates controlled decanting, minimizing the risk of spills and promoting a safer working environment. 

Implementing Safe Handling Procedures: 

Creating a safer working environment goes beyond using specialized equipment; it is crucial to establish and enforce a comprehensive safe handling procedure to ensure the utmost protection of staff and people working with hazardous materials. This includes proper training for employees who are involved in the drum management process, regular inspections of equipment and storage practices, and clear communication and practice of emergency response protocols. Implementing all these procedures will ensure that every step of the drum management process is conducted with the highest regard for safety. 

In conclusion, the safe handling of industrial drums is a multifaceted endeavour that demands attention to detail and a commitment to safety. Spill Doctor South Africa’s range of products, including spill pallets, drum caddies, and drum funnels, provides comprehensive solutions to enhance workplace safety. By integrating these products into your drum management protocols, you not only minimize risks but also contribute to a productive and secure working environment. Prioritizing safety is not just a responsibility; it’s an investment in the well-being of your personnel and the sustainability of your operations.