Many areas have strict rules and standards that are in place to ensure the safety of everyone involved, including employees. In many cases, they will require flammable liquids to be stored in appropriate cabinets. You may not even realise that a liquid could catch on fire, though most people understand that fuels and oil can catch fire. Therefore, it is best to listen to any recommendations by these entities and follow their rules to the letter. However, most people don’t realise that there are many options, all falling within the parameters provided by the government or area.
While each entity is different, most of them require flammable cabinets to be built with No. 18 gauge sheet steel. It must also be doubled-walled with a one-inch space between for air. The joints should be welded or riveted, and it will require a three-point latching mechanism.
Likewise, the cabinet should use a raised door sill of at least two inches, allowing any spilled liquids to be retained until they can be properly clean up.
Many manufacturers will fire test the products by raising the internal temperature of the cabinet to approximately 163 degrees Celsius for at least 10 minutes.
Likewise, the cabinet must have legends indicating that the items inside are flammable and to keep fires and flames away from the cabinet.
Before you consider buying one, it is essential that you assess your storage needs first. For example, you may store paint and stripping liquids, as well as various lubricants, fuels, and other fluids.
Then, you’ll need to determine whether you need a self-closing door or manual configuration. Some jurisdictions tell you which one is required. While manual close doors are usually cheaper, it depends on your area and the rules governing your work. Contact EcoSpill today for more details.
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