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Storage and Handling of Lubes


Outdoor Storage Method

Drums should be placed on wooden planks Layers should be limited to two/three numbersDrums should be kept in a horizontal position with the bungs at 3 O'Clock and 9 O'Clock positionWooden 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lift or chain hoist for stacking drums as well as moving out Shouldbe issued on First In : First Out BasisOil should be withdrawn from the drums by semi rotary hand pumpDrums should have two bung holes, one large and one small. Small is used for lighter and big is for heavier gradesMetal trays should be provided below the containers during withdrawal to avoid wastage by sillageSeperate containers/oil cans and grease guns should be used for different grade of oil or greaseGalvanised containers should never be used for transporting oilGrease should be withdrawn by metal paddles from the drumsDispensing equipment should bear a label that matches the container from which it was filled Grease should not be stored for a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 seperation 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 sootSealed drums should be placed seperately marked by fencesSufficient space should be there between row of drums for easy movement Grease drums should be kept in upright position to avoid spillage

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