#YHSafetyTips - Safety Cabinets

Posted by Ashley Bechtel in #YHSafetyTips, Mar 01, 2017

Just about every company can find a use for Safety Cabinets. They are a solution to many of the regulations set forth by OSHA and other organizations for chemical storage, fire codes, and even security. Safety Cabinets also help your employees stay organized which helps boost efficiency.

Different types of Safety Cabinets

There are many types of Safety Cabinets out there depending on what you want to use them for. Each type is designated for a specific purpose and should be used for that purpose only. Failure to follow these directions could not only result in a fine from OSHA, but also could create a highly dangerous situation at your facility. If you store chemicals in the wrong type of cabinet, for example storing flammable chemicals in a place that does not have self-closing doors, this could expose the chemicals to unnecessary heat causing a fire or even an explosion.

Chemical Storage

OSHA requires that chemicals be stored safely as to not pose harm to anyone. Listed below are some requirements and recommendations for properly storing chemicals. Keep in mind that this is not a comprehensive list, and does not include all requirements and recommendations.

Flammables and Combustibles

  • Keep flammables away from all ignition sources
  • Separate flammable gasses from oxidizing gasses with an approved non-combustible partition, or by at least 20 ft
  • Store flammable liquids in approved safety containers or cabinets

Corrosives

  • Segregate acids from bases
  • Segregate acids from chemicals that could generate toxic gases upon contact
  • Store solutions of inorganic hydroxides in polyethylene containers
  • Store corrosives below eye level and in compatible secondary containers

Water Reactives

  • Store in a cool, dry place
  • Keep away from water
  • In case of fire, do not use water, use a dry chemical extinguisher

Explosive and Potentially Explosive Chemicals

  • Consider designating a special area to store and use potentially explosive chemicals
  • Identify all explosive and potentially explosive chemicals in your inventory
  • Keep explosive chemicals away from all ignition sources

For more information on the recommendations and regulations on the safe storage of chemicals, and how to properly identify such chemicals, click here to view Berkeley’s flyer on the topic.

YorkHoist is proud to offer many types of Safety Cabinets, including Flammable-Liquid Safety Storage Cabinets, HAZ-MAT Safety Cabinets, Office Supply Cabinets, Acid and Corrosive Safety Cabinets, and many more. If you would like more information on what YorkHoist offers, click here or you can contact us to have a sales representative get in contact with you!

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