Hazardous materials can cause severe poisoning, burns, injuries, or fatalities on the job site. To protect your workers, you should invest in OSHA-approved containers and cabinets.


Below we look at safe practices for containing hazardous materials. For more information or container products, contact MC Tool & Safety.


Hazardous materials need to be contained for both the safety of your crew and the protection of the environment. If you have damaged containers, we recommend you replace them with newer containers that are more durable and safe than the older products.


Here are some containment guidelines for you to follow:


●        If you discover damaged packages such as boxes, plastic containers, or metal containers, then place them in a metal drum with a removable head. The metal drum must be compatible with the specifications for storing the hazardous material in question. You also need to adhere to regulations for shipping and disposing of the hazardous substance.

●        The drum needs to be OSHA-approved.

●        If you ship the hazardous waste, the drum must be specified by the department of transportation (DOT) in your state.

●        The drum must have equal or greater structural capacity than the original packaging.

●        The drum must not exceed 110 gallons.

Storage Areas

You must designate a storage area for hazardous materials. The area needs to be isolated from the workplace and well protected. Here are some additional OSHA guidelines for storage areas:


●        The hazardous waste storage area must have a containment system that fully protects both the workers and the environment. Even with an isolated storage area, all hazardous waste needs to be properly contained in drums, containers, cabinets, or other packages within the containment system.

●        The containment system must have the capacity to accommodate 10% of the volume of the containers or the volume of the largest container in the area.

●        If you have flammable or combustible liquids, you need to transfer them from one container or cabinet to another in an area that is separate from the work area. This rule applies to both interior and exterior transference and storage.

Drainage and Ventilation

Whether in a stationary position or in transference, you must provide proper drainage and ventilation when transferring the liquids to control spills.


●        Provide adequate drip pans under all containers and cabinets.

●        Provide large diameter funnels to transfer liquids into the containers.

●        All containers and cabinets must be tightly covered or closed to prevent leakage or spills.


By properly containing and transferring hazardous materials, you will help prevent injuries or fatalities that may occur from exposure to the materials.

Containers and Cabinets Available From MC Tool & Safety

If you are looking for a way to safely contain hazardous substances on the job site, check out our products today. We offer a wide range of safety products for business owners and their employees.


To find out more about the products and services we provide, as well as safety education opportunities, call us at 888-206-2569, or you can send us a message via our contact page.