Steels should be stored in such a way, so as to avoid distortion and to prevent deterioration and corrosion. Steels of different classes should be stored separately. Follow the guidelines given below while storing steel on site.
Storing of Steel Reinforcement
Store bars of different classes, sizes and lengths separately to facilitate issues in such sizes and lengths so as to minimize wastage in cutting from standard lengths.
Paint the ends of bars of each class in distinct separate colors.
Coat steel reinforcement with cement wash before stacking to prevent scaling and rusting.
If reinforcement bars have to be stored for a long period, then stack it above ground level by at least 150 mm.
Storing of Structural Steel
Assign separate areas for storing structural steel of different classes, sizes and lengths.
Store it above ground level by at least 150 mm upon platforms, skids or any other suitable supports to avoid distortion of sections.
In coastal areas or in case of long storage, apply protective coating of primer to prevent scaling and rusting.