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printreg, February, 2003
Re: Flexo Solvent Based Ink Storage Requirements


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From: Debra Jacobson(djacobson@istc.illinois.edu)
Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2003 14:42:30


OSHA, U.S. EPA, your state environmental regulatory agency, U.S. DOT, your state DOT, your local fire department (NFPA codes) and very likely your insurance carrier for the building may all have requirements for you to address this issue, so to provide you with regulatory citations for each requirement may be daunting, but I can steer you in the right direction. If you need helping finding citations/references to the regulations let me know.

All containers must be kept closed (preferably sealed) at all times unless adding or removing product. (EPA requirements 40 CFR)

All containers must be labeled with the name of the contents (your internal naming system is fine for some regulations) (EPA requirements 40 CFR) The Hazard Material Information System (HMIS) label should be on each container. This is an OSHA regulation and refers to the rating of health, flammability, and reactivity of the material. (OSHA Requirements 29 CFR)

The DOT warning labels must be applied to the container. For example if the material is flammable, the universal placard that implies materials are flammable must be on each container. (Ref. DOT regulations 49 CFR)

The material should not be stored near open combustion source such as unit heaters, etc.(OSHA Requirements 29 CFR)

If the material has a flash point of less than 140 F, then it is considered combustible or flammable and containers must be grounded if open. (OSHA Requirements 29 CFR)

If the material is combustible or flammable, then the operator must use non-sparking and static resistant funnels and other containers when transferring or accessing the contents. (OSHA Requirements 29 CFR)

If the material is combustible or flammable, then the operator must use a bonding wire when transferring material from the drum to another vessel. (OSHA Requirements 29 CFR)

If employees access drums using bung openers or ball valves they must be constructed of non-sparking material (brass) (OSHA Requirements 29 CFR)

Only the volume of material necessary for one shift should be stored in the production area during an 8 hour shift (OSHA Requirements 29 CFR)



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