Storing Chemical IBCs: Essential Tips for Safe and Compliant Storage

February 22, 2023

Storing chemicals in Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs) requires careful consideration of safety and compliance regulations. Proper storage of IBCs is crucial for businesses to prevent spills and ensure the safety of staff and the environment.

In this article, we will discuss some of the most important factors to consider when storing chemical IBCs for optimized IBC storage solutions.

Location and Access for Safe and Efficient IBC Storage

The location of your IBC storage area is critical. You should store IBCs in a well-ventilated area with adequate lighting. Ensure that the storage area is easily accessible to authorized personnel and away from heavy traffic areas. Proper placement of your IBCs is important to avoid any safety hazards.

In addition to the best practices for IBC storage, there are additional factors to consider such as;

  • Isolating IBC storage areas from sources of ignition, such as smoking areas or machinery that creates sparks.
  • Segregating incompatible substances to prevent the risk of dangerous reactions.
  • Separating IBC storage areas from protected or public places to minimize the impact of any accidents or incidents.
  • Implementing security measures for outdoor IBC storage areas, such as fencing, locks, or security cameras

Bunding and Spill Containment: A Critical Element of Safe IBC Storage

Bunding or spill containment is necessary for the safe storage of IBCs. Ensure that your IBC storage area has bunding or spill containment systems that meet regulatory standards. Various options are available for IBC storage including drum pallets, modular bunding, and enclosed IBC bunds. Enclosed IBC bunds offer complete weather protection and exceed AS3780-2008 bunding requirements of 110%, providing the best protection against chemical spills.

Dosing Systems for Efficient and Safe Chemical Storage in IBCs

Dosing systems are often used to measure and dispense chemicals from IBCs. Polymaster offers a range of dosing systems that can enhance safety and efficiency in chemical storage. These dosing systems are easy to install, customize, and come with features like alarms, monitors and sensors to ensure accurate dosing of the chemical with integration to a PLC control system if required.

Ventilation: Keep your Storage Area Safe

Proper ventilation is essential for safe IBC storage. You should install an adequate ventilation system to prevent the build-up of toxic gases and reduce the risk of explosions in the storage area. This is critical for the safety of your employees.

Ensuring Ongoing Safety and Compliance in IBC Storage

Regular training and maintenance are essential to ensure ongoing safety and compliance with IBC storage regulations. Regular training for your employees on proper handling and emergency procedures will ensure they know what to do in case of a spill or accident.

Regular inspections and maintenance of your IBC storage area will also help identify and fix any issues before they become safety hazards.

Proper storage of Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs) is essential for businesses that handle hazardous chemicals. By implementing these tips and best practices, you can ensure the safety of your staff and the environment, while also complying with regulatory standards. With optimized IBC storage solutions, you can protect your business from safety hazards and ensure safe and compliant storage of your hazardous chemicals.

Always refer to the SDS (Safety Data Sheet) before using or handling each individual chemical product you’re carrying, and if in doubt, seek advice from your supplier.


Are you looking to improve your hazardous chemical storage?

Contact Polymaster on 1300 062 064 to discover how we can help you enhance safety, efficiency, and compliance in your workplace.