Customers know them as bulk bags or super sacks, but in the packaging industry, our 2,200LB and 4,400LB packages are called flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCAs). Worker safety is our priority, and we advise you to follow the safe handling guidelines developed by the Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container Association (FIBCA).
Some key points for safely handling FIBCs purchased from BARTON using a forklift, crane or hoist are summarized below.
- Adhere to the FIBC manufacturer’s recommendations printed on the label and observe all applicable regulatory and safety requirements.
- Ensure all employees are properly trained in the safe handling procedures as outlined in FIBCA guidelines.
- Devices used to handle FIBCs must be designed for FIBCs, have safety latches, be rated for the capacity of the filled FIBC and adhere to approved handling methods.
- Ensure all forklift tines, crane hooks, bars or handling devices used for lifting are free of sharp edges or protrusions. Edges must be rounded to at least the thickness of the lift loops used to support the FIBC. The radius must be a minimum of 5 mm.
- Adjust the distance between the forklift tines to the correct width to ensure all lift loops are vertical to prevent damaging lateral forces.
- Ensure the FIBC is appropriate for the emptying environment regarding electrostatic concerns in flammable or explosive environments. It is critical to take precautions against the risk of electrostatic discharge when emptying products with certain ignition properties or in explosive atmospheres. Please refer to the product Technical Data Sheet in our document library for conductivity and electrostatic properties.
- Take appropriate measures with regards to dust control.
- Before handling, ensure that the FIBC is free from any damage that would compromise its strength.
- All personnel must be safely clear of any potential hazards when lifting, handling or emptying an FIBC.
- Maintain a clear line of sight when moving an FIBC; never move an FIBC if your line of sight is blocked.
- When handling by forklift, hold the FIBC close to the mast, as low as possible with the mast tilted back to an appropriate angle.
- Keep the FIBC clear of the floor so there is no contact with the ground or the wheels of the forklift. Never drag or push an FIBC.
- Never tilt the mast of a forklift forward when handling an FIBC.
- Never suspend a FIBC using fewer lift loops than provided.
- Never gather loops to lift with one hook, unless the FIBC is specifically designed and approved by the manufacturer to do so.
- Never allow personnel to stand or place any part of their body under a suspended FIBC.
A PDF of the FIBC Safe Handling Guidelines (Version 2.0, updated July 2017) can be downloaded from our document library.
For more safe handling guidelines and educational resources, please visit www.fibca.com.