Safe FIBC Handling Guidelines - Storing Empty & Full Bulk Bags

Safe FIBC Handling Guidelines - Storing Empty & Full Bulk Bags

When storing empty and full FIBCs, it is imperative to follow safe use guidelines set forth by the manufacturer, your supplier, as well as the Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container Association also known as FIBCA.

When safe use guidelines for storing both empty and full bags are not followed properly, FIBCs can become damaged resulting in an unsafe bag that can cause accidents with the end result being injuries to your staff or even death. Whether you are storing empty and/or full bags, be sure to follow the guidelines below. Looking for safe handling guidelines for filling and discharging bags? Click here. 

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Storing empty & full bulk bags

When storing both empty and full bags, it’s crucial that you take great care in store your bags properly. (Note: These guidelines are a summary of FIBCA’s Bulk Bag Safe Handling Guidelines for storing empty and full bags) To safely and successfully store empty and full FIBCs, it is important you follow these best practices and make sure:

  • To store your new and/or used bags in a safe and clean facility that protects them from UV rays and moisture.
  • To cover your bags to prevent them from being exposed to dirt, dust, and moisture within your facility.
  • The bag is free from any damage.
  • The bags are stable when stacking.
  • All bags are stacked using a “Pyramid” or “Supported Stacking” method. A Pyramid Stacking Method consists of each bag above the first layer sitting on at least four lower bags. Each subsequent layer is tiered inwards forming a pyramid. The Supported Stacking Method consists of stacking your bags against two retaining walls of adequate strength.
  • You examine any pallets that are used for storage and determine if they are an appropriate size. Make sure the bag does not hang over the side unless it is specifically designed and approved by the manufacturer and supplier for this use.
  • To raise and lower the bag smoothly.
  • To adhere to the bag manufacturer and supplier’s recommendations/instructions.
  • You follow all regulatory and safety requirements.

Remember to never: 

  • Store your bags in direct sunlight, as direct UV rays will weaken the strength of the bag over time.
  • Store your bag in an environment where it will be exposed to inclement weather, as this will weaken the strength of the bag over time.
  • Stack bags unless you are certain they are stable.
  • Repair a damaged bag without removing all bags stacked on top of it.
  • Allow a bag to hang over the end of a pallet unless it is specifically designed and approved by the manufacturer and supplier to do so.
  • Transport a bag unless it is secured properly.

To insure a safe working environment, it is important that you adhere to all guidelines and best practices outlined above. For a comprehensive guide on safe bulk bag handling guidelines that include:

  1. Storage of empty bags
  2. Filling of bags
  3. Handling with cranes or hoists
  4. Handling bags with forklift trucks
  5. Storage and transportation of filled bags
  6. Emptying/Discharging bags

Click here to download FIBCA’s FIBC Safe Handling Guidelines. Also, please do not hesitate to reach out to our bulk bag experts with any questions that you may have. We are happy to answer any safety related questions.



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FIBC Safety Guide CTA Image - National Bulk BagAt National Bulk Bag, safety and reliability are our top priorities. No matter who you purchase your bulk bags from, it's extremely important to take great care when using them. Within this guide we explore comprehensive safety information, best practices, and key safety tips. 

Our safety guide is split up into four sections for your convenience: 

  1. Bulk bag safety: 5:1 SWL vs. 6:1 SWL
  2. Safely filling & discharging FIBCs
  3. Safely lifting FIBCs with cranes, hoists, & forklifts
  4. Safely storing empty and full FIBCs

Download our Official FIBC Bulk Bag Safety Guide by clicking the button below! 


January 23, 2017

Categories: Bulk Bag Safety

About the Author: Jenny Rosa

Jenny Rosa is an Account Manager for the industrial bag division of Rapid Packaging and National Bulk Bag. She received her Associates Degree from St. Cloud State University and was previously a researcher at JNR Adjustment.

Jenny's background at Rapid includes starting in Customer Service in 2015 and making the transition to sales in 2017. Her background in CS has helped her enjoy finding whole packaging solutions. This includes picking out stock options for short term use, to creating custom solutions unique to individual business and industries.

In her free time Jenny enjoys going to concerts - particularly country, pop and rock. She is a die-hard Minnesota Vikings fan and enjoys canning her own food in the fall (her favorite is homemade spaghetti sauce).

Jenny is National Bulk Bag's resident food-grade specialist. This includes but is not limited to pet food, nuts and legumes, and ready-to-eat foods. She understands in depth the stringent rules facing the food industry as a whole and is an expert at helping food companies find the right bag for their product and application. She also has extensive knowledge of woven polypropylene, BOPP, polyethylene, and textile bags.

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