There are so many chemical storage cabinets available in the market today and it can be a bit overwhelming to determine the kind of cabinet that you should be buying. There are a lot of considerations that should be considered before you decide to buy one. To help you make the right decision, here are a few items that you should look into.
It is important to buy a chemical storage cabinet that is compliant with the standards in your state. A specific state may have some set regulations when it comes to the storing and handling of combustible and flammable liquids. It would be best to check first if the cabinet is compliant or otherwise as it will not only prevent possible injuries to the workers, but will also eliminate financial liabilities as a result of non-compliance.
If a cabinet is compliant, then it has self-closing doors. There are some states that require the cabinets to be close-fitting, self-closing, and held shut automatically. This means that the doors close by themselves and latch shut automatically. But if there is a need to store dangerous goods, the doors need to close automatically but they could not latch on close. This is because chemicals need an allowance for pressure to be released which is caused by accelerated decomposition.
Of you want to buy a non-metal or polyethylene cabinet, you should ensure that it is 100% non-metal. There are instances when some cabinets with metal components that eventually corrode, thus defeating the purpose of being a non-metal cabinet. Be sure it’s 100% non-metal and should include locks, hinges, screws, etc.
Though this is not required on all types of cabinets, it is still part of a risk control measure, especially if the cabinet is places in an enclosed area where highly corrosive and toxic substances are kept. It is the responsibility of the end-user to install the ventilation ducting, but you should have a cabinet that has pre-fitted venting bungs to do this.
In contrast to the popular belief, there is really no standard color that a cabinet need to adhere to. In most cases, yellow is the color for flammable substances and blue for corrosive, etc. But you are not really required to have a specific color for various types of dangerous substances. This offers the flexibility to select a cabinet that is visually appealing and will blend well in the area where it will be placed.
Finding and getting the right kind of cabinet for dangerous substances will ensure that you will have a specific place to keep them that will ensure safety of everyone. Keeping them in their intended cabinets will protect everyone, will allow easy access, and proper handling.