Safe Handling instructions

The popularity of the FIBC (big bag/jumbo bag) is still growing. That should come as no surprise: an FIBC can be used in many different ways and can carry a thousand times its own weight up to approximately 2500 kg per FIBC. It is important that you use an FIBC correctly, so that the transportation and the loading and unloading can take place safely. Please read the following tips:

Storing FIBCs
FIBCs are best stored clean and covered. This keeps the FIBC in optimal condition and protects it from sunlight and extreme climate changes.

Filling FIBCs
The best way to fill an FIBC is by resting it on the ground or on a pallet, and having a filling mechanism hold the loops. Please note: in some cases, the bag must be grounded before you can fill it.

Discharging FIBCs
In most cases, an FIBC is discharged through the use of gravity. In some cases suction is used. Bags with a special discharge spout can be used differently to control the emptying process. If the bag does not have an emptying spout, then this is often cut at the bottom. You can stop the discharge process by lowering the bag onto the product to be unloaded. Please pay close attention during this process and ensure that nobody is standing under the FIBC at the point of discharge. LC Packaging offers numerous discharge systems to facilitate your manufacturing process.

Stability of filled FIBCs
The best way to fill an FIBC is in a way that ensures that the width/diameter ratio is no more than 2:1. To promote product stability, a vibrating mechanism is often used during filling.

Lifting FIBCs
When you lift the FIBCs, it is important that you are directly in front of the FIBC and that it is easy to place your forks in the loops or tunnel loops. When lifting, ensure that all loops are vertical and not twisted. Also ensure that the fork has no sharp sides which may damage the FIBC or cut the loop.

Driving a forklift truck with FIBCs
Ensure that you always keep a filled FIBC low to the ground when you drive a forklift truck. If you hold the filled FIBC too high above the ground, the forklift truck will be unstable and you will increase the risk of accidents.

Handling with cranes
Ensure that the hooks of the crane do not contain sharp parts which could damage the bags or the lifting structure. Use protective materials wherever possible. We advise that you use special safety hooks, so that  the bag can never unexpectedly come off the hooks. When the bags are lifted, the loops must be vertical. Loops with a twist, knot or incline can cause a safety hazard.

Straightening FIBCs
The lifting loops of an FIBC are made in such a way that you have to use all the lifting loops at the same time. An FIBC is made in such a way that the full weight must be distributed over all the lifting loops.

Storing filled FIBCs
There are several ways to best store FIBCs. Depending on the material, you can choose to place the bags in racks (with or without pallet). You can also stack the FIBCs. Ensure that you stack the FIBC correctly and that the FIBC must be certified for the height that you wish to maintain. Our account managers can advise you on this, bearing in mind the applicable safety standards.

Do Dont
Please read the handling instructions on the safety label with care. Never add more than the permitted SWL (Safe working Load).
Ensure that the FIBC is stable. Never fill an FIBC unevenly
Check whether the unloading mechanism is closed before filling. Never stop unexpectedly during transport.
Take the necessary measures in managing the quantity. Do not allow people to move underneath the FIBC.
Close the filling system of the FIBC after filling. Do not stack the FIBC if the ground is unstable.
Set the width of the forks on the forklift according to the width of the FIBC. The use of forklifts etc. with insufficient lifting capacity.
When lifting the FIBC, ensure that the hooks are the correct dimensions. Reusing single-use FIBCs.
   
Ground an antistatic FIBC type C before the FIBC is filled.  
Protect the FIBC from rain and sunlight for an optimal lifespan.  

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