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The safe filling of organic liquids

Guide to the filling of containers

The refilling of organic liquids is not free from potential dangers. It is therefore necessary for appropriate safety steps to be taken. We show you how they work and what you should do - with text and images.

In many sectors and businesses the decanting of liquids into different sized containers is an everyday task. With hazardous substances, however, it is especially necessary to take the appropriate measures to prevent the health and safety of the employees from being put at risk.

Control guidance sheets for added safety

As part of a project, the BAuA has researched what kind of measures these might be. In addition to other results, the project has yielded three control guidance sheets which set out standardised working procedures for the safe decanting of organic liquids. Research has also been conducted into a variety of systems to determine whether different protective measures can guarantee a comparable degree of protection for the employees. A result: for the health and safety of employees, it is important for the suction and filling device to be correctly positioned and to have the right dimensions.

Videos show good working practice

Nine videos which also came to fruition during the project show what good, and above all else, safe working practice should look like. The videos demonstrate both effective and insufficient protective measures on the basis of direct comparison, and can be used for company training and instruction purposes.

Instruction manual for good working practice

The project also resulted in the "Practical Instructions for Good Working Practice - Filling jerrycans, drums and IBC with organic liquids" (Handlungsanleitung zur guten Arbeitspraxis - Befüllen von Kanistern, Fässern und IBC mit organischen Flüssigkeiten). This constitutes a sector-specific guide. The guide supports companies with their risk assessment and their choice of the suitable protective measures. Sections 1-7 of the instruction manual also set out a standardised working procedure which is acknowledged by the Committee for Hazardous Substances (AGS).

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