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Storage And Handling of Lubricants


Outdoor Storage Method

Drums should be placed on wooden planks. Layers should be limited to two/three numbers. Drums should be kept in a horizontal position with the bungs at 3 O’clock and 9 O’clock position. Wooden ramps should be used for removing barrels from the layers. Drums should not be stored near steam/gas lines. Precautions should be taken against fire hazards.

Guidelines For Indoor Storage

Preferable to use fork lift or chain hoist for stacking drums as well as moving out Should be issued on First In: First Out basis. Oil should be withdrawn from the drums by semi rotary hand pump. Drums should have two bung holes, one large and one small. Small is used for lighter and big is for heavier grades. Metal trays should be provided below the containers during withdrawal to avoid wastage by silage. Separate containers/oil cans and grease guns should be used for different grade of oil or grease. Galvanised containers should never be used for transporting oil. Grease should be withdrawn by metal paddles from the drums. Dispensing equipment should bear a label that matches the container from which it was filled. Grease should not be stored for a long time as it may result in oil separation. A colour code scheme may be introduced to act as a fool proof system.

Handling of Lubricating Oils and Greases

Warehouses should be located away from possible sources of industrial contamination as coke, dust, ore dust, cement dust, textile mill fly and similar forms of grit or soot. Sealed drums should be placed separately marked by fences. Sufficient space should be there between rows of drums for easy movement. Grease drums should be kept in upright position to avoid spillage.