Keep Safe: Proper Lubricant Handling and Storage

Lubricant StorageMaterials handling is important since it directly affects equipment, cars and other tools. Here are some important suggestions that can help you in the effective storage of lubricants and oils:

  • You need to choose which storage tank is best for your needs. The two commonly used today are the American Petroleum Industry (API) standard 650 and 620. These have different parameters for temperature and pressure. You need to analyze your business goals and operations to determine which one is well suited for your business.
  • To ensure that your oil will give the best performance, you need to determine and monitor its shelf life. Some lubricants can lose its vitality because of additives like rust inhibitors. One of the best practices in handling materials is to create an effective first-in, first-out (FIFO) system and a detailed labeling and coding system. Determining the standard turnaround time will help you create an effective operation.
  • Even if the tanks have seals, the fluctuating temperatures can still affect them. Any airborne particle can affect the additives present in the oil and dampen its performance. Temperature extremes are always a challenge to the materials handling, so make sure that your team is able to properly monitor the materials and check for possible leaks. Once the container is in use, workers must employ best practices to limit the risk of contamination.
  • The cleanliness of the storage facilities plays a huge role in materials handling and storage. Tanks should be away from humid areas and any construction contaminants, such as dust and debris. Tanks should be properly locked and checked regularly, as well.

By equipping your team with complete training as well as the right equipment and tools to do their jobs, you can ensure the proper handling and storage of lubricants and other materials. These practices can also help you limit the risk of workplace incidents.