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Chemical Storage

The following chart shows the Chemical Segregation in accordance with HSG71 for general warehousing, however DSC Ltd recommend these segregations are considered generally, even when storing small quantities for example in laboratories.

HSG71 Chart
HSG71 Chart ×

Chemicals stored according to this table must comply with the following instructions:

Segregate from
These combinations should not be kept in the same building compartment or outdoor storage compound. Compartment walls should be imperforate, of at least 30 minute fire resistance and sufficiently durable to withstand normal wear and tear. Brick or concrete construction is recommended. An alternative is to provide separate outdoor storage compounds with an adequate space between them.
Separation May not be necessary
Separation may not be necessary, but consult suppliers about requirements for individual substances. In particular, note that some types of chemicals within the same class, particularly Class 8 corrosives, may react violently, generate a lot of heat if mixed, or evolve toxic fumes.
Isolate
This is used for organic peroxides, for which dedicated buildings are recommended. Alternatively, some peroxides may be stored outside in fire resisting secure cabinets. In either case, adequate separation from other buildings and boundaries is required.
Keep Apart
Separate packages by at least 3 metres in the storeroom or storage area outdoors. Materials in non combustible packaging that are not dangerous substances and present a low fire hazard may be stored in the separation area. This standard of separation should be regarded as a minimum between substances known to react together readily, if that reaction would increase the danger of an escalating incident.
Segregate KeepApart
The lower standard refers to the outside storage of gas cylinders. Where non-liquefied flammable gases are concerned, the 3 metre segregation distance may be reduced to 1 metre.