FIBC Filling Guidelines
It is important that FIBC bags are handled properly at every stage, right from filling, storage, to transportation. In order to fill FIBCs safely and successfully, the following guidelines should be followed. Besides, any other safe filling instructions pertaining to a specified product or facility should be adhered to.
- Before the filling begins, ensure the empty FIBCs and lines are kept clean and stored undercover so that the extreme climatic conditions such as exposure to rain or sunlight and other accidental damage is avoided.
- There should not be any visual damage on the FIBC that might compromise its strength.
- If there is a discharge spout in FIBC, it should be closed or tied off before filling as per FIBC manufacturer’s instructions.
- The product being filled in the FIBC should be compatible with the FIBC and its components.
- While filling the FIBCs, the base of the bag should be supported by the ground or pallet, while its body should be supported by the top lift device.
- Ensure that the FIBCs are not standing in water.
- The FIBC should be filled evenly and remain stable during the entire filling process.
- The device being used to support or suspend a filled FIBC should be of sufficient strength capacity.
- The bulk bag should be suspended using all the lift loops, sleeves, etc in accordance to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- The crane hooks or bars that are used for lifting the FIBCs should not have any sharp edges or protrusions.
- The fill spout of the bulk bag should be closed as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
- A filled FIBC should be raised and lowered smoothly.
- The filling environment needs to be appropriate for FIBC usage (e.g. explosive and flammable environment).
- Ensure all personnel are safe from any potential hazard.
- The FIBC needs to be approved for the product and must adhere to all applicable safety and regulatory requirements.
- FIBCs should be covered with UV protected, waterproof material so that water doesn’t collect on top of the bulk bag, as well as to prevent damage from direct sunlight.
- The safe working load (SWL) per rated capacity should not exceed the limit for the specified FIBC.
- The FIBC bags should be filled to only that level that doesn’t affect its stability adversely or exceeds the height to width restriction mentioned in applicable industry standards. A standard maximum ratio is 2:1; however current industry standards and regulatory codes should be referenced.
- Never allow any personnel to come under a suspended FIBC as it can be dangerous to life.
- Ensure all safety precautions and measures are taken while filling and lifting FIBCs.
We, at Rishi FIBC, ensure all safety measures and procedures are adhered to when manufacturing our products. We are committed to produce quality products and all our FIBCs are made in accordance to industry regulations.