5 high risk uses of flammable liquids cabinets we see all the time

| July 15, 2019

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Storing your Class 3 Flammable Liquids in a dedicated safety cabinet manufactured to Australia Safety Standards is an effective hazard control measure… BUT if used or installed incorrectly your flammable liquid storage cabinet will NOT be minimising your compliance risk. You may actually be making things worse. This blog details 5 common mistakes that will quickly negate the effectiveness and compliance of your flammable liquid storage cabinet. Flammable cabinets must have a liquid tight spill sump in the lower compound. The purpose of this spill sump is to catch leaks from damaged or broken chemical containers.  The spill sump must be at least 150mm deep and if the cabinet capacity is greater than 250 litres — must be capable of holding at least 25% of the total capacity of the cabinet, OR the total volume of the largest chemical container stored in the cabinet.  Storing chemicals (or anything) in the spill sump is in direct violation of Australian Safety Standards  The only substances that should be stored inside a flammable liquids cabinet are Class 3 Flammable Liquids. Let’s say that again in a different way … don’t put acids, bases, flammable solids, oxidisers, toxic substances, organic peroxides or anything that is not a Class 3 Flammable Liquid inside your flammable liquid storage cabinet.

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