Store organic peroxides separately in an area away from processing and handling facilities and keep them away from incompatible materials such as strong acids and bases, other oxidizing materials, flammable or combustible liquids and materials that can be oxidized (reducing agents). Dedicated storage facilities can also help reduce personal injury and damage caused by fires, spills or leaks.
Check the reactivity information and storage requirements sections of the SDS for details about which materials are incompatible with a specific organic peroxide.
Ensure the component parts (walls, floors, shelving, fittings etc.) of the storage area/unit are constructed from non-combustible materials that are compatible with the organic peroxides being stored.
Ensure that floors are resistant to penetration by the organic peroxides and check that there aren’t any cracks into which the organic peroxide could access if spilled.
Liquid organic peroxide is known to be free flowing so best practice is to ensure the storage area is fully contained and it is advisable to also provide drip trays (made from compatible material) to contain spills or leaks from smaller containers.
Store smaller containers at a convenient height for handling, ideally below head height, avoid overfilling the storage area and make sure all containers are in plain sight to ensure they don’t get forgotten about.
Keep access to the stores clear at all times and inside the store try to have a clear area directly around the door too. Treat the area as you would an escape route for emergency situation.
Store organic peroxides in areas which are:
- Well ventilated.
- Out of direct sunlight and heat sources such as; steam pipes and boilers.
- Free of ignition sources such as open flames, hot surfaces, spark-producing tools/devices etc.
- At the temperature recommended by manufacturer/supplier.
- Supplied with adequate firefighting equipment, including sprinklers.
- Supplied with suitable spill clean-up equipment and materials.
- Equipped with alarmed monitoring systems.
- Accessible at all times.
- Labelled with suitable warning signs.
At all times:
- Only allow trained, authorized personnel into storage areas.
- Keep the amount of organic peroxides in storage to a minimum.
- Inspect the infrastructure of the storage areas regularly and rectify any faults immediately.
- Inspect the condition of the containers and maintain high standards of housekeeping.
- Have copies of the SDS readily available at the location the organic peroxide is being stored and or being used.
Visit our storage for organic peroxides information area to find out more.