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Dos and Don’ts for FIBC

Dos and Donts for FIBC

Please find below the instructions which are relevant to handling and usage of FIBC (Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container or Jumbo Bags)


  • Do observe the handling instructions on the label.
  • Do check that the discharge spout is closed off before filling.
  • Do ensure that the filled FIBC is stable.
  • Do close the top inlet correctly.
  • Do inflate the liner prior to filling.
  • Do take appropriate measures in regard to dust control.
  • Do use lifting gear of sufficient capacity to take the suspended load.
  • Do ensure that the edges of the forklift tines are smooth, or protected.
  • Do adjust forklift tines to the correct width for the FIBC being handled.
  • Do keep the forklift tines on the forklift level.
  • Do drive slowly over uneven surfaces.
  • Do ensure that crane hooks are of adequate size and well rounded.
  • Do consider the possibility and effects of static electricity.
  • Do protect the FIBCs from rain and prolonged sunlight.
  • Do ensure that FIBCs are adequately secured in transportation.
  • Do dispose of FIBCs in accordance with ecological requirements.
  • Do buy your product in FIBCs supplied from a FIBCA member company.


  • Don’t choose FIBCs without consulting the manufacturer or supplier.
  • Don’t use FIBCs in new conditions without consulting the manufacturer or supplier.
  • Don’t exceed the Safe Working Load under any circumstance.
  • Don’t fill FIBCs unevenly.
  • Don’t stop or start suddenly during transportation.
  • Don’t subject FIBCs to sudden lifts or stops.
  • Don’t drag FIBCs.
  • Don’t allow personnel under a suspended FIBC.
  • Don’t allow the FIBC to project over the side of a vehicle or pallet.
  • Don’t tilt the mast of the forklift forward.
  • Don’t withdraw forklift tines prior to relieving the entire load on the lifting device.
  • Don’t stack FIBCs unless sure of stability.
  • Don’t drive a forklift truck carrying a suspended FIBC around a corner at speed.
  • Don’t use FIBCs other than for the use for which they were originally intended