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Describe how to properly store poisonous or toxic substances.

Chemical substances are used in foodservice operations each and every day. Chemical substances include cleaning supplies, sanitizers, lubricants, and pesticides. These substances are often poisonous or contain toxic substances. If they come in contact with food, they could contaminate it and make it unsafe to eat.

To be safe, chemical substances must be stored away from food, utensils, and equipment used for food production. It is recommended that they be kept in a locked storage unit in their original container. If they are transferred to smaller containers or spray bottles, the container must be labeled appropriately. Chemical containers should always be covered. Here are some additional recommendations for the safe handling of chemical substances:

  •  Read the label on the container to determine safe handling and storage.
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions -- do not overuse as this could cause contamination.
  • Follow the safety precautions that are listed on the label (or on the MSDS).
  • Throw out empty chemical containers according to manufacturer instructions.
  • Never mix different chemicals as undesirable and dangerous chemical reactions could result.
  • Do not dispose of aerosol containers in incinerators or in trash to be burned.
  • Do not store aerosol containers near heat as they may explode.
  • Do not spray aerosols near ones eyes or near an open flame.