Chemical solvents are used in almost every industrial cleaning and degreasing process and for good reason. Solvents allow for the easy and efficient removal of dirt and grime and are versatile enough to tackle even the most hardy of materials. While chemical solvents are highly useful, they can also be dangerous to store and handle. Due to this fact, the safe handling and storage of chemical solvents is essential to any industrial facility, for both the safety of employees and effective cleaning processes.
One of the best things you can do when storing chemical solvents is to organize them efficiently and properly. Always label all solvents and keep a written ledger of where each kind of chemical is stored. This will not only help you separate chemicals that should not be stored together, but will also help you find what you need when you need it. You should always keep chemicals stored above spill trays, because even tightly secured containers can accidentally leak sometimes, and in well-ventilated areas, as fumes can build up over time, which could be dangerous when employees go to move the solvent containers later on.
When moving chemicals from one storage location to another or to the machinery they’re meant to be used in, always practice safe handling techniques. Some of these procedures will vary depending on the type of solvent, but there are a few universal tips. Keep all flammable solvents away from sources of heat and do not have any food or drink in the area when storing or handling any solvent. Always wear protective equipment, usually goggles and aprons minimally, and use secure carts when moving anything more than very small containers.
At Mikro Industrial Finishing, we supply many different kinds of chemical solvents that are suited for a great variety of industrial applications. Whether you are looking for degreasing agents to use in vapor degreasing or something to coat abrasive media with for an extra polish, we are sure to have what you need and can make recommendations if you are unsure of what that is. To learn more about our chemical solvents, equipment, and services, please call us any time at (860) 875-6357.