The Flammable Liquid Storage Cabinet - The Right Choice For Keeping Your Flammable Liquids Safeby Rahul Raheja manager
Are you storing or handling flammable liquids in your facility?Handled flammable chemicals. Fortunately, the right flammable liquid storage cabinet can help you keep your facility safe.
Choosing the right flammable liquid storage cabinet
Of course, you will need to select the right cabinet for your needs. There are a wide variety of safety cabinets available, so it's important to know just.
Steel or poly?
Figure out whether to get a steel cabinet or one made out of polyethylene. Most of the time, steel cabinets are a good choice.
The right size
In fact, you'll also need to decide just how big (or small) a cabinet you want. If you have just a few chemicals and in small quantities, the smallest cabinets that hold a mere 2 gallons might fit the bill. After all, why spend more on a larger cabinet -- or set aside the space -- when this is all you need. However, most facilities need larger cabinets -- and you can get ones that hold as much as 120 gallons!
Types of safety storage cabinets
There's a basic flammable liquid storage cabinet, which comes in a range of sizes and models, including regular floor, tower, stackable, wall mount or under the counter models.
Next, there are special cabinets for paint and ink, and yet others for acids and corrosive chemicals, and also ones for pesticides (the latter two types are made out of polyethylene. Finally, if you're storing a lot of flammable liquids, you also need cabinets that are big enough to store entire drums.
Finally, you should make sure that your cabinet has adjustable shelves -- after all, the size of the containers may vary over time, and it would be a hassle to have to buy a new cabinet every time -- or refill into containers that will fit your cabinet.
Your cabinets should also have corrosion resistant coating and sufficient sump capacity to prevent leaking, among other things. The most important feature however, is that seal of approval that indicates that they meet OSHA and NFPA specifications.
But what exactly does qualify as proper flammable liquid storage? Read on to find out about some key features to look for.
First of all, the actual containers, generally cans, that the liquids themselves are stored in, need to meet safety specifications. Those are the manufacturer's responsibility. But once you acquire the liquids, you need to have a place where you can properly store them.
The best way to store cans of flammable liquids is to keep them in approved safety cabinets. While safety cabinets come in two types, steel and polyethylene, the ones used for flammable liquids should definitely be made out of steel.
These cabinets come in the form of floor, stackable, tower, wall, and under the counter storage cabinets.
Before you purchase a cabinet, however, make sure they have the following features:
The cabinets should be made out of 18-gauge steel, and be double walled. The cabinets also should have vents with 2" threaded fittings. In addition, the vents must have fire baffles and caps.
Other important features include warning labels, preferably in multiple languages, and a leak-proof raised door sill of at least 2" to contain any potential spills.
Don't forget to check if the cabinet you're about to purchase complies with OSHA regulationas and with NFPA Code 30. Make sure that the cabinets will protect the contained flammable liquid for at least 10 minutes.
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