Storage requirements of dangerous goods in packaged form in the Netherlands

The storage of chemicals is a profession. The companies that fall under this category are required to have a broad knowledge of the facts. From external risk, health and safety policy, training courses for risk management, storage and dangerous goods to fire-resistant buildings and standards for firefighting systems, flooring, ventilation, scaffolding and emergency lighting.

The requirements for the storage of dangerous goods in packaged form in the Netherlands have been established in a clear guideline: the PGS15. This “best practice” was created by representatives of business and government in the Netherlands, and is regularly updated by these same parties. It is used for licensing and is included in national laws and regulations.

The PGS15 is subdivided into several chapters. The most important chapter is chapter 3, which outlines requirements for the storage of dangerous packaged substances up to a weight of 10 tonnes. Chapter 4 of the guideline specifies the requirements for the storage of packages above 10 tonnes.

In chapter 3, the general rules state that the fire resistance between a storage location for dangerous packaged substances and another area needs to be at least 60 minutes in both directions, which can also be achieved through distance. The doors in the fire resistant walls need to be self-closing and close during periodical inspections, to ensure that, in case of an emergency, liquids cannot move from one storage facility to another.

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