The BASCO Advisor Says...

Store and Handle Flammables Properly to Help Protect Your Workplace

Safety Cabinets protect your plant, your employees…your business. You know that safety when handling flammable liquids is a top priority. If you have flammable liquids outside of a storage room or fire protection area, they must be stored in an approved safety cabinet. What's more, incompatible chemicals need to be segregated.

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Justrite Safety Cabinet

Where should flammable liquids be stored?

You probably want to locate your flammable liquids where they're handy for your workers. That saves time-consuming trips back and forth to the storage room. But improper storage is a leading cause of industrial fires. So, OSHA regulations and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes say that if you have flammable liquids outside of a storage room or fire protection area, they must be stored in an approved safety cabinet.

Why is this so important?

In addition to the fact that it is the law, it is also a good business practice to control dangerous liquids and vapors in the workplace. Moreover, incompatible chemicals need to be segregated. Non-approved storage is bad because it exposes containers of flammable liquids to the possibility of spill and damage from traffic in the area. An approved safety cabinet is like a "mini-safe" for dangerous liquids.

What is an approved safety cabinet?

It is a specially designed and ruggedly built steel enclosure (or can be made of plastic or non-metallic laminate for acids and other corrosives). Double-wall construction protects the contents from heat, and an off-the floor sill contains any leaks or spills. Built-in flame arresting vents allow flammable vapors to escape in the event of a fire, but prevent flashback ignition and explosion.

The approval comes from Factory Mutual, Underwriters Laboratories, and/or Underwriters Laboratories of Canada. If they approve, so do NFPA and OSHA. 

What should I look for?

BASCO Justrite Self-Closing Safety Cabinet

For ordinary flammable liquids, like paints, inks, or adhesives that contain solvents, we generally recommend a steel cabinet such as our Model 25860. It can hold up to 90 gallons of product on galvanized steel shelves with drip-proof edges.

Cabinets such as our Model 25300 have manual doors that open 180°. When you push the doors closed, they automatically latch at three points.

Other styles, like our Model 25302 (shown), have self-closing doors that automatically close and latch in the event of a fire. 

Drums that contain flammable liquids need protection too. Our Model 25662 holds a 55 gallon drum on its side, ready for easy and neat draining into your safety cans.

Corrosive chemicals should also be stored in the proper safety cabinet. Our all-polyethylene cabinets, such as Model 24160, are the ultimate in chemical resistance and leak protection. Designed for acids, they can accommodate up to 30 one-liter bottles. They’re seamlessly molded and have their own pull-out sump to collect and contain spills and leaks. 

Corrosion-resistant steel cabinets, such as Model 25703, are great for flammable corrosives. The shelves are all polyethylene and the special powder coat finish resists chemical attack. 

Non-metallic laminated cabinets, like Model 24150 are laminated wood construction with no metal interior parts, so they are ideal for acids and phenol. They will accommodate up to 49 2.5- liter bottles.

If you think about it, approved safety cabinets are pretty inexpensive "insurance" against disaster, so it pays to get it right.  At BASCO, you'll find the largest selection of approved flammable handling and storage gear anywhere. We’ll help you get what you need to get your job done right, with 67+ years of experience and the best trained and most knowledgeable customer service experts in the industry. 

Questions? We have a highly trained and courteous team of Customer Service Experts ready to help answer all your questions. Contact them at 1.800.776.3786 or email us here.