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Storage of dangerous goods<h2 class="sectHeading">Correct storage methods</h2><p>The national law requires that all sites or premises storing or handling hazardous materials have:</p><ul><li>fire prevention and protection measures suitable for the goods;</li><li>signs in accordance with legislation;</li><li>emergency management plans when necessary; and</li><li>a manifest box at the gate when required.</li></ul><p>We work together with companies and organisations to ensure no hazardous materials incidents happen, and if they do, that the appropriate steps are taken to handle a possible emergency.</p><div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info note">​​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>Please note</h4><p>A 'hazardous materials incident’ involves the actual or impending spillage or release of a hazardous material, in sufficient quantity to pose a danger to life, property or the environment. This type of incident may occur during the period of manufacture, use, handling, transport or storage of any hazardous material.</p></div></div><p>According to national laws, premises that handle and/or store dangerous goods are required to do so in a safe manner:</p><ul><li>Exterior signs are to be shown warning of significant amounts of dangerous goods on a site.</li><li>These signs must feature the word ‘HAZCHEM’, or must display the dangerous goods diamond symbols.</li><li>Companies or premises storing and handling dangerous goods can also invest in a manifest box which clearly marks that dangerous goods are present.</li><li>There are limitations on the quantities of dangerous goods that can be stored in any premise before special precautions must be taken.</li><li>The quantity of dangerous goods intending to be stored will determine how these goods can be stored and which associated fire protection, prevention and suppression systems you will need to put in place.</li></ul><div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info note">​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>Please note</h4><p>Companies or premises who store dangerous goods are required to complete an assessment of their business with the City. See our services at the bottom of this page. </p></div></div><p>​To find out what quantities and materials you are allowed to handle, store and transport please see the national government’s collection of <a href="https://www.gov.za/documents/hazardous-substances-act-16-apr-2015-1120#" target="_blank">national legisla​tive documents<i class="icon link-external"></i>​</a>.</p><h2 class="sectHeading">Classifying hazardous materials</h2><p>Hazardous materials are materials that may have hazardous properties. Our <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Departments/Fire%20and%20Rescue%20Service%20Department">Fire and Rescue Services Department</a> categorise the following materials together under the title 'Hazardous Materials' or 'HAZMATS':</p><ul><li>Dangerous goods</li><li>Hazardous substances</li><li>Scheduled poisons</li><li> <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/Residential-utility-services/Residential-solid-waste-services/hazardous-waste">Hazardous waste</a></li><li>Environmental pollutants</li></ul><p> <b>Dangerous goods</b><br> Dangerous goods are substances that may be corrosive, flammable, explosive, spontaneously combustible, toxic, oxidising, radioactive, biological, water reactive or gases under pressure or liquefied.</p><div class="notification with-heading dark-copy light-blue bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info fastfact"></i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>Fast fact</h4><p>Fuels such as petrol and LP gas make up the biggest volume of dangerous goods; many industries and even homes may contain these and other types of dangerous goods.</p></div></div><p> <b>Hazardous substances</b><br> Hazardous substances are substances with the potential to harm health. They can be gases, liquids or solids, and can be either pure substances or mixtures.</p><div class="notification with-heading dark-copy light-blue bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info fastfact"></i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>Fast fact</h4><p>Hazardous substances are classified according to their long-term health effects, while dangerous goods are classified by their immediate physical and / or chemical effects. </p></div></div><p>To find out more about classification, please see <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Procedures%2c%20guidelines%20and%20regulations/SANS%2010228%202012.pdf" target="_blank">South African National Standard: The Identification and Classification of Dangerous Goods for Transport by Road and Rail Modes</a><i class="icon link-external"></i>.</p><h2 class="sectHeading">Flammable substance certificate</h2><p> An owner or person in charge of a premises may not store or use:</p><ul><li>a flammable gas in excess of 100 kilograms; or</li><li>a flammable liquid of a danger group (i), (ii), (iii) or (iv) in excess of 200 litres.</li></ul><p> <strong>Unless </strong>you have obtained a flammable substance certificate from the controlling authority.</p><h2 class="sectHeading">City inspection services</h2><p>If you are going to be storing dangerous hazardous materials in excess of the allowed quota on your premises, you have to get input from the City’s <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Departments/Fire%20and%20Rescue%20Service%20Department">Fire and Rescue Service Department​</a>.</p><p> The City’s Fire and Rescue Service can provide expert advice on matters relating to:</p><ul><li>placarding (signage and identification of dangerous goods);</li><li>fire protection; and</li><li>emergency management planning.</li></ul><p> We inspect premises storing or handling hazardous materials to ensure that:</p><ul><li>fire prevention and protection measures are suitable for the goods;</li><li>signs are present in accordance with legislation;</li><li>the site has emergency management plans in place; and</li><li>the site has a manifest box at the gate when required.</li></ul><p>Contact the <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Departments/Fire%20and%20Rescue%20Service%20Department">Fire and Rescue Service Department</a> for an inspection or advice.</p><p>For information on transporting dangerous goods, please see <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/work%20and%20business/commercial-health-and-safety/environmental-health/transportation-of-dangerous-goods">Transportation of dangerous goods</a>.</p>GP0|#218f5dd0-10e0-4523-977e-c7d2135cce99;L0|#0218f5dd0-10e0-4523-977e-c7d2135cce99|Storage of dangerous goods;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GPP|#2c6b5e3d-3b66-464a-b566-c75e062c96c7;GPP|#0d3239d7-7f51-4f27-91a0-72970cba1d46;GPP|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;GP0|#be2caf78-fc1b-4ba5-aa79-bf51c55e401c;L0|#0be2caf78-fc1b-4ba5-aa79-bf51c55e401c|Storage of dangerous goods;GPP|#85183d71-7677-4375-8e82-f465b60d797e;GP0|#0f9064b0-d9b6-44b0-a304-abc4e2378a6a;L0|#00f9064b0-d9b6-44b0-a304-abc4e2378a6a|Storage of dangerous goods;GPP|#017ada89-c259-41d0-9d84-6f76b11a01bcThere are safety procedures in place for handing and storing dangerous goods.0

 

 

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SANS 10228 (2012) The Identification and Classification of Dangerous Goods for Transport by Road and Rail Modes1843240GP0|#e814022c-2e45-4465-887b-b6cd814e158b;L0|#0e814022c-2e45-4465-887b-b6cd814e158b|Regulation;GTSet|#f1e8889f-f7d7-4d5b-a3f5-af0ca2e076ea;GPP|#d8892104-ce90-493e-b813-93c488f4b1d3;GPP|#0972c695-fd19-46c4-ab5d-9601f17b780e2009-12-31T22:00:00Z

 

 

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