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Safety Storage Cabinets Safely contain hazardous chemicals to reduce the risk of fire, protecting both personnel and facilities
Safety Storage Cabinets Identify, organize, and segregate dangerous liquids
Safety Storage Cabinets Offer compliance with federal OSHA regulations and state and local fire codes
Safety Storage Cabinets Improve efficiency by allowing solvents to be stored near the points of use
Safety Storage Cabinets Improve security with keyed locking mechanism
One of the leading causes of industrial fires is the improper storage and handling of flammable liquids. It is important to identify and inventory all chemicals in your workplace. Review the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) for each chemical to determine characteristics and recommended storage practices. To avoid generating toxic gases and to prevent fires and explosions, it is important to segregate incompatible chemicals. Some local regulations require positivepressure ventilation. Justrite Safety Storage Cabinets offer fire-baffle protected vents to connect to these systems.
If the chemical being stored is flammable or combustible, OSHA 1910.106 applies. Your state and local codes, in all probability, are based on either the National Fire Protection Association Code (NFPA 30) and/or the Uniform Fire Code (UFC 79). Section 4.3 of the 2000 edition of NFPA covers the design, construction, and capacity of storage cabinets. In addition to passing a fire test, NFPA further requires specific Safety Storage Cabinets construction. Whereas both metal and wood construction are acceptable, the most popular choice in industry is metal. One notable distinction in the Uniform Fire Code 7902.5.9.3.2 is the requirement that all flammable and combustible liquid Safety Storage Cabinets shall be self-closing.
In addition to assuring that Safety Storage Cabinets meet applicable codes, its important to look for safety storage cabinets which carry independent third party certification, such as Factory Mutual (FM approved) or Underwriters Laboratories (UL listed). Codes vary internationally. For example, in some applications in Canada, the Canadian National Fire Code may require cabinets to carry a ULC listing which requires a more stringent fire test than UL listing. While NFPA does not mandate requirements for the storage of nonflammable acids and corrosives, these chemicals should be properly stored for maximum safety.
A wide variety of code compliant cabinets are available in sizes ranging from 4 gallons (15 liters) to 120 gallons (454 liters). Smaller cabinets allow solvents to be stored at worksite locations saving costly trips to a central storage room. Undercounter, wall mount, slimline and piggyback style Safety Storage Cabinets add to safe storage, even when space is at a premium. For high capacity storage, including storage of 55-gallon drums, larger sized cabinets designed specifically to house 30-gallon (114 liter) or 55-gallon (208 liter) drums are available. Its important to note that OSHA Code 29 CFR 1910.106 states that not more than 60 gallons of Class I and II liquids, nor more than 120 gallons of Class III liquids may be stored in a cabinet. Custom built cabinets are also available for unique requirements. Justrite Safety Storage Cabinets also offers an extensive color selection including yellow, red, blue, green, white, gray and a variety of neutrals.