FIBC Handling Guidelines

FIBC Handling Guidelines

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GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • Follow handling instructions printed on the Safety label of FIBC.
  • Ensure FIBC is compatible and produced as per filling product. (Whether Edible/ Non- edible or hazardous, etc.).
  • All applicable regulations and safety requirements should be followed.
  • Always consult your manufacturer/supplier regarding Technical Details before buying.
  • Protect the FIBCs from rain and prolonged sunlight, harmful UV rays and inclement weather.
  • Do dispose of FIBCs in accordance with ecological requirements.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FILLING AND DISCHARGING FIBCs

  • Ensure Discharge Spout is correctly closed prior to filling of FIBC.
  • Filling Spout / Duffle of FIBC should be closed as per FIBC manufacturer's instruction.
  • Never exceed SWL( Safe Working Load) requirement as specified for a particular FIBC.
  • Environment should be favorable for filling and emptying FIBC. Eg- Electrostatic concerns in flammable or explosive environments.
  • Ensure that the filled FIBC is stable.
  • Take appropriate measures in regard to dust control.
  • People around should never stand under a suspended FIBC.
  • Never suspend/ discharge FIBC using a single or fewer lift loop, sleeves, etc.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR HANDLING FIBC WITH FORKLIFT, CRANE OR HOIST

  • The lift truck must be in a good condition and sufficient to support the filled FIBC.
  • The driver should maintain a clear line of sight while transporting a filled FIBC.
  • The angle of the mast should be aligned/ titled to an appropriately.
  • Ensure that the edges of the forklift tines are smooth or protected.
  • Use lifting gear of sufficient capacity to take the suspended load.
  • The forklift tines must be adjusted to a correct width to prevent damaging lateral forces.
  • Forklift must be stopped prior to raising or lowering the FIBC.
  • Never subject an FIBC to sudden lifts / stops.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FIBC WITH LINERS

  • Liners should be Pre-Inflated before filling for better results.
  • Extend open liners from filling and discharge Spout while filling or emptying respectively.
  • Liners must be attached to FIBC properly so they do not come out/loose hold during discharge procedure.
  • Tie off liners with spouts as instructed by the manufacturer.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR STORAGE AND TRANSPORTATION OF FIBC

  • Pallets used for storage and transportation of FIBC should be certified.
  • Pallets should be free of nails or protrusions.
  • Pallets should be of appropriate size and FIBC bags should not exceed out of it.
  • Never remove or repair a damaged bag without first removing all bags stacked on top.
  • Bags must be stacked against two stable walls of sufficient strength.
  • Storage of filled bags in pyramid structure is suitable.
  • Storage Facility or Warehouse must be free of water or moisture