Epoxy storage can be just as precarious as epoxy application, if you don’t know what measures to take. When it comes to storing epoxy, especially in large quantities, such as in drums and barrels, you’ll want to make sure you keep a few things in mind.
If you’re storing epoxy in large quantities, and this goes for other resins similar to epoxy, then you’re going to need to make sure that you are storing your chemicals both safely and efficiently. Storing your epoxy for long-term warehousing means that you’re going to be storing it in large containers, probably barrels or drums. In fact, bulk distribution of epoxy is often accommodated by storing the chemicals in 55-gallon drums.
Of course, if you’re ordering epoxy in such a quantity, then you’re going to need to handle the delivery with care, make sure you’re storing the drums properly, and ensure that you’re disposing of the drums legally and safely once you are done with them. To begin with, epoxy (and its hardeners and curing agents) needs to be stored in tightly sealed containers. In addition to this, they also must be stored in a dry environment where temperatures are never close to freezing.
Sometimes sealed containers and dry environments can be easier to provide than an ideal temperature range. Epoxies are very temperature sensitive, and maintaining the ideal temperature for storage can be tricky when you’re keeping the chemicals in bulk storage units during winter months. This will either necessitate a nice and toasty warehouse, or else additive measures for storage efficiency—such as drum insulators and drum heaters.
Now that precautionary measures have been addressed, it’s just as important to remind ourselves of the proper steps to take when we come in contact with epoxy, whether accidentally or as a simple byproduct of application procedures. The first thing to remember is the importance of wearing protective gear. Whether you’re handling epoxy in drums for storage purposes or are applying it as a coating or resin, you need to always wear your protective gear.
Additionally, before ever removing your protective gear, you’ll want to make sure all your tools and empty storage drums are thoroughly cleaned or safely disposed of. Once this is done, you’ll need to make sure to wash any clothes that have come in contact with the epoxy and to shower if needs be.Epoxy is a strong material with as many sensitive qualities as it has potent characteristics. However, when handled appropriately, epoxy is a very handy and valuable material.