Storage and Disposal of Chemical Products

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Many of our customers purchase cleaning and floor maintenance chemicals from us.  Some of these chemicals are hazardous, toxic substances; so it is important to know how to properly use, store, and dispose of them.

Chemical Use
Chemical substances should be used only in the manner and for the purpose for which they were intended. Carefully read the label or the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) prior to use.   Major safety precautions to follow when using chemicals are as follows:

  • Avoid contact.
  • Where protective gear (gloves, goggles, shoes).
  • Mix chemicals only in approved combinations and according to approved dilution levels.
  • Do not spill or splash.

Chemical Storage
Follow storage precautions listed on label or Material Safety Data Sheet  (MSDS).  Major storage precautions are as follows:

  • Be aware of types of chemicals that should not be stored near each other because of risk of combining spills and/or fumes.  Bleach and ammonia should never be stored in close proximity; neither should acids and alkalis, as well as petroleum-based chemicals.
  • Never store chemicals in mechanical, electrical, or boiler rooms.
  • Keep chemicals away from sources of heat.
  • Keep chemicals in original container - never transfer to an unlabeled container.

Chemical Disposal
Always check label or Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for proper disposal method.  General disposal rules are as follows:

  • Never flush or drain volatile or corrosive chemicals into the sewage system.
  • Dispose of materials used to clean up a chemical spill per the clean up instructions for the chemical.