Health & Safety – Galaxy Oil Ghana Limited

Health & Safety

We in Lubes Engineering & Marketing Co. Ltd., commit to conduct our business by ensuring that our products are stored, distributed and applied without causing any harm to people.

We aim to make sure our activities are safe and of no negative impact on the environment and human beings. In simple words, we shall endeavour to

  • Do no harm to people
  • Protect the environment &
  • Comply with all Health, Safety laws & regulations prevailing wherever we operate


Lubricants being a chemical mixture of base oils and various additives require careful storage & handling. The performance of lubricant does not only depend on itself, but also depends on the way to use, control, store and handle from fresh to when it is in the waste form.


  • Tilt on their sides
  • Bungs at 3 O’clock and 9 O’clock
  • Preferably under shed or cover
  • Protect from rain by tarpaulins and ensure free air circulation
  • Off the ground on stillages or racks
  • Examine regularly for corrosion and identification sign obliteration


  • Always preferable
  • Avoid excessive local heat( eg steam pipes, compressor rooms)
  • Volatile products should be segregated
  • Moisture sensitive products (eg. brake fluids, electrical, refrigeration oils, greases, etc) should be stored in this way.
  • Assure dryness.


  • Very heavy (over 190kg)
  • Do not attempt to lift manually
  • Do not drop ……….(seams bust will damage and spill product)


  • Fork lift
  • Rolling by 2 workers (at least)
  • Two-wheel hand truck
  • Manual elevator
  • Chain hoist


  • Always replace bungs/lids after use
  • Wipe top before decanting
  • Wipe top after use
  • Dispensing pumps and cans should be clean and dry.


  • Wear protective clothing
  • Avoid unnecessary contact with oil (especially used type)
  • Avoid use of oil rags
  • Never put oil rags/tools into pockets
  • Obtain first aid treatment for any injury
  • Wash with soap and water, NOT with kerosene or petrol.


  • Do not induce vomiting (except for brake fluid)
  • Give milk or water (but not to unconscious person)
  • Seek medical attention immediately.
  • In case of brake fluid, induce vomiting by depressing back of tongue
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  • Remove patient to fresh air.
  • Give artificial respiration if necessary (first aider)
  • Seek medical attention immediately
  • EYES

  • Flush with copious water
  • For brake fluid seek medical attention immediately.
  • SKIN

  • Wash with soap and water
  • Seek medical attention if irritation persists
  • Report any skin abnormality on any part of the body with long oil contacts for medical advice.

  • Used oil must be disposed off in compliance with local regulations.
  • Do not pour into open drains, water bodies or on the ground
  • Must be disposed off by the recommended manner through incineration over 12000C in steel/ cement kilns or approved solar trays at landfill sites.

    Packages must not be pressurized to expel the contents because of the risk of bursting. It is dangerous to attempt the modification of packages by the use of oxy-acetylene torch or hammer and chisel because of the risk of explosion.

    • Do not empty packages for storage of drinking water
    • Read labels on packages for instructions on safe disposal.

    For further advice on professional storage, handling, safety & environmental issues regarding lubricants, contact us, LUBES ENGINEERING & MARKETING CO. LTD.

    We provide the few HAZARDS associated with its storage, handling & usage as a cautionary guide to our customers but NOT to alarm them of any serious inherent problem with the product in its uncontaminated state.