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How Paint Storage Cabinets Help Comply with OSHA Storage Regulations

The workplace is filled with many different hazardous and non-hazardous materials. Some of these hazardous substances are paints and inks. Paints and inks can be harmful to people and the environment. Not only are they fire hazards, they can also be poisonous when the gas is inhaled. It is important to secure these substances in a safe place.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) classify paint as a flammable liquid. Storing paint incorrectly can be extremely dangerous. For example, a fire broke out at the South Bay Elementary School in New York last February 2010, after combustible painting materials left in a hallway ignited. With this, OSHA regulations require that acid, corrosives, oil, paint and ink, pesticides and other flammable and hazardous liquids in your facility should be stored properly according to their guidelines. Failure to comply with this can result in large fines and other penalties.

Paint storage cabinets are the solution for meeting OSHA and NFPA specifications.  These special safety cabinets are designed for the generally smaller size containers that paints and inks come in. They are made of 18 gauge high quality stainless steel and feature double walls all around with 1.5 inches of air space between wall, including top, bottom, sides and the doors. These storage cabinets come in either red or yellow finishes with red warning labels that say “Flammable - Keep Fire Away", with capacities ranging from two gallons all the way to 120 gallons. Self-closing or manual doors are also available.

Paint and ink safety cabinets can store a wide range of chemicals that are required to be locked away because of their dangerous nature. Available as either as floor or tower models, they also feature raised legs that allow you to move your paint storage cabinets very easily with a pallet jack or forklift. They also allow you to place them in areas where there may be outlets, cables, or other things on the ground that you need to work around.

Using paint storage cabinets in your workplace practice proper safe storage measures. This will greatly reduce the risk of fire, safeguarding the lives of your employees and protecting your property. They also provide added security in your business in other ways. Since these chemicals are locked up, you have better control over your inventory. The risk of theft is reduced and unnecessary wastes can be avoided. This will eliminate additional ordering of supplies for missing paints and inks. This, in turn, will result to money saved for the business. And most of all, paint storage cabinets help you comply with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.106 and Uniform Fire Code 79.202 regulations.

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