Storage methods for waste, timber, glass and textiles
As well as dangerous or hazardous substances, there's a range of other types of material whose storage requires particular attention.
All businesses have a duty of care to store and correctly manage the waste they create. You must store waste in suitable containers, making sure it doesn't harm the environment or human health. Read about the storage and disposal of waste on the NetRegs website - Opens in a new window.
When you dispose of your waste, or send it to be recovered, you must ensure it is handled by an authorised organisation. See our guide on your waste responsibilities. Some waste is classified as hazardous because of its dangerous or toxic nature and is subject to additional regulation. See our guide on managing your hazardous waste.
Sawn timber and board materials need to be stacked and stored safely. This includes ensuring that stacks of timber:
- are on firm, level ground
- don't exceed set height ratios
- are periodically inspected
- have no loose materials on top
Take prevailing winds into account when building stacks outdoors. You must regularly monitor storage areas. Download information on the storage of sawn timber and board materials from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) website (PDF) - Opens in a new window.
Storage measures you should take include:
- stacking glass at the correct angle
- providing appropriate personal protective equipment where necessary
- securing storage racks and ensuring these aren't overloaded
Storage also requires careful consideration in the textiles industry. For example, you should:
- store frequently used materials at a convenient height
- plan storage areas carefully to allow for maximum possible access to materials
- dispose of obsolete stock
- consider mechanical methods of handling and moving bales and rolls
Storage of some agricultural materials must conform to the Silage, Slurry and Agricultural Fuel Oil Regulations. These specify standards and durability of new or substantially altered storage facilities. Read about the Silage, Slurry and Agricultural Fuel Oil Regulations on the NetRegs website - Opens in a new window.
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