Drums & Drum Storage Guide

When dangerous or water-endangering substances are stored in drums, improper handling can quickly lead to environmental, fire and health hazards. The dangers arise not only from the contents of the drum, but also from the handling of the drums.

By manually transporting, lifting or holding drums, employees are exposed to strong physical stress. Avoid risks and ensure safe working conditions "around the barrel".

In the following FAQs we provide you with useful tips on the storage and handling of hazardous substances in drums.

Drum Storage FAQ

In order to be able to select the appropriate drum material, it is advisable to look at the safety data sheets of the substances to be stored.

Here you will find all relevant information on storage and transport.

Our media consistency list provides you with useful information on suitable container materials for a wide variety of storage media:


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Collecting trays for drums are optimally adjusted to the appropriate stock volumes and container sizes.

It is important that the drip tray is also approved and that the appropriate material is selected to ensure optimum resistance to the stored media.

Our recovery ladder helps you with a few clicks when selecting the appropriate drip tray.

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In 3 simple steps, you will learn in the following which safety precautions you should take before re-filling and filling from drums:


1  Take precautions to retain spills

Prior to dismantling and refilling, appropriate precautions should be taken to prevent spills.

It is advisable to carry out the work only in areas specially designed for this purpose, which are not located within passageways or traffic routes.

  • For filling from drums, special filling stations can also be used, which simultaneously serve as a storage unit.
  • In order to absorb spills as quickly as possible, suitable absorbents should also be provided.
  • Flexible shut-off barriers or duct covers also serve to prevent environmental damage caused by the release of hazardous liquids.


2  Measures to reduce emissions


Measures to reduce emissions are necessary in order to reduce emissions of vapors during work. Ensure good ventilation of the work area and, if necessary, install extraction systems.

Care should be taken here to ensure that the drums can be positioned as close as possible to the suction.


3  Protective measures and proper preparation

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) offers safety when unloading and transferring from drums. Use respiratory protective masks when a technical exhaust system is not usable or not sufficient. Protective gloves and protective clothing protect the employee from skin injuries.
  • If hazardous substances come into contact with the skin despite protective measures, suitable auxiliary measures (for example eye rinses and emergency showers) should be available for the initial supply.
  • If work is carried out by individuals, monitoring measures must be taken to ensure the rapid availability of relief measures in case of emergency.

Ensure that the appropriate safety precautions and protective measures are observed as well (see above). In order to prevent leakage and spillage of hazardous liquids during transfer from e.g. smaller containers, it is advisable to use fascia tongues.

DENIOS also offers models with overfill protection. Control instruments, such as level indicators, also help prevent overfilling.

Ensure that all safety precautions and protective measures are observed (see above). Use only hand pumps and electric drum pumps suitable for the medium to be pumped.

In the case of highly flammable liquids, ex-protective measures must be tested and explosion-proof working materials (pumps, extractors, earth cables, etc.) must be used.

After filling, carefully remove the pump from the drum to minimize the release of hazardous substances and skin contact.


Changes and errors excepted. All the information provided has been carefully researched. Nevertheless, DENIOS can not assume any guarantee for the topicality, correctness, completeness or quality of the information provided.

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