IBC totes are one of the most effective containers to transport liquids. They are very reliable containers that are specifically designed to store and transport liquids, including hazardous or flammable materials. They are cost-efficient, easy to use, and take less space compared to plastic drums, you can even purchase rebottled IBC totes. If IBC totes are used by your facility, consider these tips to help ensure the safety of your liquids.
Why IBC Totes Should Be Used For Liquids
More Volume, Less Space
IBC totes help to simplify your liquid storage requirements. Totes are able to store from 119 up to 703 gallons, and also take up a lot less space compared to 55-gallon drums. Also, only one container needs to be moved. Simply slide a pallet underneath the tote and hundreds of gallons can be moved in just a fraction of the time that it would take to move multiple barrels.
Ideal Container for Flammable Liquids
IBC totes are made using a special lining, and your best option for storing and moving around flammable liquids. When flammable liquids are transported in chemical totes, you need to worry about the container rolling around, which creates the potential for the entire shipment to explore. IBC totes are cubed-shaped which keeps them rooted firmly in one place.
It doesn’t take much effort to pick up and move the containers, With a plastic or wood pallet next to you, these containers can be moved around without much difficulty using a forklift. There is also a spout on the front of the container that allows you to just turn a knob to release the contents.
Storing Chemicals In Warehouses
Things To Consider:
All IBC totes need to be labeled properly including when the tote was filled, what it contains, and how it should be stored. It is particularly important if you are running a large facility that handles or stores hundreds or dozens of totes. The members of your staff should be able to easily tell what is inside the totes. There may be hazardous materials in some totes, so the individual who is handling the container needs to always know what is contained inside.
Inspect Ahead Of Time
Although numerous individuals are used to repeatedly refilling IBC totes, make sure the container is inspected prior to each use. Watch for small imperfections like debris from the last shipment, missing labels, scrapes, and holes. If the container is being filled with a different liquid, then be sure to thoroughly wash it out in order to prevent cross-contamination. Totes that previously had hazardous materials in them should not be used for storing drinking water.
IBC totes, like all other containers, have strict capacity restrictions to ensure they are not overfilled. If liquid is poured into a container, all of the excess weight can cause the container to become unstable since it will sway back and forth. Overfilled liquid can spill on an employee or onto the floor, making your work environment hazardous. Remaining under the capacity restrictions is even more important when flammable liquids are being transported.
Keep Them Secure
It can be easy to move these totes. However, each tote is different. Some of the containers might throw you off, so make sure you review the safe handling instructions of the containers. Usually, it is best for these totes to be left from the bottom through the use of a pallet. However, be careful when using a forklift to ensure you do not puncture its plastic coating accidentally.
Be careful when unsealing and sealing the tote’s cover. Some liquids create a lot of pressure that might be released when the cover is unsealed. Safety masks and goggles should be worn by staff members in order to keep themselves protected.
Check the Tote’s Label
Not every IBC tote is designed to be used with every kind of liquid. Make sure you read your user manual to ensure the tote can be used for your task. There should be information in the manual on what can be stored inside the container. There are some containers that have gaskets that over time may corrode. This can lead to a chemical leak or product contamination. Be careful and follow the user guidelines when filling your IBC totes.