Flammable Storage Cabinets: General Safety Tips

Flammable storage cabinets are necessary for the safekeeping of hazardous, corrosive, and dangerous chemicals and substances. If you have one in your facility, you know exactly how important they are to your operations. That said, it is still important to remember that installing these cabinets is not the be-all and end-all of keeping your facility safe; there are also specific things that you should do in regards to your storage equipment so that you can keep harnessing the best of their design. Here are some factors that you can consider.

 

Know the rules

There are international codes that prescribe technicalities that all businesses and facilities that handle flammable or dangerous liquids and substances should adhere to, but these depend on whether your country has adopted them. For example, what may be required in Canada may not be how things are specifically done in the United States. In Australia, for instance, there are rules that are based on international fire protection codes, but federal governments still hold the final sway in what is implemented and how they are implemented. If you want to be sure about the specifics that you should follow, get in touch with the right agency such as SafeWork and its counterparts in other areas.

 

Know your methodologies

It is also necessary that you evaluate and reevaluate your current methodologies so that you can better gauge whether they are proper for your optimal safety. If you have vented flammable storage cabinets, for example, you need to make sure that the ducts or treatment devices that they are connected to should always be in optimal condition. At the same time, if you intend to change things or revamp current methods, an objective assessment must be made prior to giving the go signal for the changes. Finally, if you can seek outside expert help and guidance, do it. There are a lot of things that can be made better by a trusted resource person’s recommendations.

 

Invest in proper team training

Finally, make sure that your team has all the necessary knowledge that they need to safely and properly use the cabinets. If you have other accessories such as spill kits in your workplace, this is even more important. A truly holistic approach to keeping your facility safe should be founded on a comprehensive understanding of what you need to do. Invest in team training, and seek it every time there are new additions to your suite or team.