An inspection of our premises has identified that a large number of hazardous and dangerous substances are being purchased by individuals and stored incorrectly. Please outline the measures we should take to prevent this from happening.

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An inspection of our premises has identified that a large number of hazardous and dangerous substances are being purchased by individuals and stored incorrectly. Please outline the measures we should take to prevent this from happening.

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The poor storage of hazardous and dangerous substances can create risks, including:

  • substances being stored in an inappropriate state, condition and/or place, without adequate warning of the hazards and potential for unwanted chemical reactions

  • fire and explosion risks from unwanted reactions, eg from incompatible substances becoming mixed, which may result in the generation of heat, fumes, gases and vapours

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