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Posted 22 February 2022 - 11:27 PM

Are we required to track the inventory of Sanitation Chemicals such as Caustic Soda, Peracetic Acid and 70% Ethanol? They will obviously be properly labeled and stored.


In regards to proper storage of chemicals, we are designing which areas will house which chemicals and we were considering having a fenced in area store the sanitation chemicals (ie, Peracetic acids and Caustic Soda), though for convenience it'd be helpful to divide this area with a fence, and lock up the hazardous waste/materials on the other side of the fence (there would be two entrances and two different sets of locks/keys. My intuition is that though they will be separated, having them in close proximity might not be good, though figured I'd pose the question.




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Posted 23 February 2022 - 01:14 PM

We are an  SQF-certified food packaging company  and we were expected to keep track of utilization of bulk haz chem. Had an NC on it before for not keep an inventory of our use/consumption. 


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Posted 23 February 2022 - 01:59 PM

You may want to investigate the proper storage of the ethanol as it should have some extra precautions added  (just googled the proper storage of 70% ethanol


2. Conditions for safe storage, including any incompatibilities

Technical measures : Proper grounding procedures to avoid static electricity should be followed. Ground/bond container and receiving equipment. Use explosion-proof electrical/ventilating/lighting/… equipment. Storage conditions : Keep container tightly closed. Keep only in the original container in a cool, well ventilated place away from : incompatible materials. Keep in fireproof place.

Incompatible products : Strong bases. Strong acids. Incompatible materials :

Sources of ignition. Direct sunlight. Heat sources. Heat-ignition : KEEP SUBSTANCE AWAY FROM: heat sources. ignition sources. Prohibitions on mixed storage :

KEEP SUBSTANCE AWAY FROM: oxidizing agents. strong acids. water/moisture.

Storage area : Keep out of direct sunlight. Store in a dry area. Ventilation at floor level. Fireproof storeroom. Provide for an automatic sprinkler system. Provide for a tub to collect spills. Provide the tank with earthing. Meet the legal requirements. Special rules on packaging :

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: closing. dry. clean. correctly labelled. meet the legal requirements. Secure fragile packaging in solid containers. Packaging materials : SUITABLE MATERIAL: stainless steel. aluminum. iron. copper. nickel. synthetic material. glass. MATERIAL TO AVOID: No data available


When I was in Cannabis, we actually built a bomb proof room to store/handle/use it FYI


We do keep tabs on when we receive/switch out vessels of sanitation chemicals

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Posted 23 February 2022 - 02:05 PM

If you are under SQF it is expected for you to have a register/list of of all hazardous chemicals and toxic substances that are approved for use and stored on-site.  All your sanitation chemicals, not just the Peracetic acids and Caustic Soda are expected to be stored in a secured location that is labeled as a hazardous storage.  The only chemicals out in production are ones that are used regularly, such as an approved sanitizer, and maybe a bottle of a cleaner in case there is an issue and something needs to be cleaned.  Each are to be stored away from the product.  


It is more from the older codes but as bbrown mentioned it is expected and a good practice to keep track of the utilization/inventory of your sanitation chemicals (this also can help you monitor sanitation as you can see if the usage is normal or has increased or decreased and you can check on why the differences).  You are also expected to keep a list of whatever chemicals you are storing in an area.  You should have product specifications and SDS's for each of the chemicals available and are expected have PPE easily accessible for accessing / handling the hazardous chemicals.  


Your hazardous waste should be stored separately from your hazardous chemicals.  I am not sure what other hazardous chemicals you have but if you are talking about something other than your sanitation chemicals then your sanitation chemicals should be stored separately from other hazardous chemicals such as pesticides or paint or paint removers/thinners or hydraulic fluid etc...  Whether a fence is enough or not will depend.  Can you control any spills or leaks from affecting the other fenced area?  Could fumes from one area affect the other area? Recommend you do a hazardous analysis to determine if the fence will be enough and keep it available if there are any questions.  We store unopened inventory of some of our sanitation chemicals in our dry warehouse area.  They are kept in gated and locked sections of our warehouse on spill collection pallets and we did a risk assessment for this. 

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