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Flammable safety cabinets - how to store Class 3 flammable liquids in the workplace

Flammable safety cabinets - how to store Class 3 flammable liquids in the workplace

Flammable liquids are commonly used in the workplace and are officially  considered dangerous goods. It is imperative for adequate workplace safety that they are treated appropriately and stored in a dedicated flammable safety cabinet. In this guide we will discuss commonly used Class 3 flammable liquids and Titan Safety's range of flammable liquid safety cabinets.

What are Class 3 flammable liquids?

Class 3 flammable liquids, as defined by the Australian Dangerous Goods Code, encompass liquids, mixtures of liquids, or liquids containing solids in solution or suspension that emit a flammable vapor at temperatures not exceeding 60°C (closed-cup test) or 65.6°C (open-cup test), commonly referred to as the flash point.

Common examples of Class 3 flammable liquids found in workplaces include adhesives, paints, oil, fuel, ethanol, methanol, varnishes, and lacquers.

Why can Class 3 flammable liquids be dangerous?

When exposed to fire, flammable liquids and their vapors can combust, leading to the ignition of nearby dangerous goods and triggering subsequent explosions. This stands out as a primary risk associated with inadequately storing flammable liquids in the workplace, carrying the potential for fires or explosions to affect other dangerous or hazardous goods, with potentially severe consequences.

What to consider when storing flammable liquids?

Several considerations come into play when selecting suitable options for storing flammable liquids:

  • Conduct a site-specific risk assessment.
  • Ensure possession of safety data sheets for stored substances.
  • Store flammable liquids in a designated area.
  • Keep these liquids away from sources of ignition or heat.
  • Utilize a flammable safety cabinet with self-closing, tight-fitting doors to prevent the entry of flames and radiant heat.
  • Incorporate approved safety signage and dangerous goods placards on cabinets.
  • Establish proper fire protection measures, including extinguishers and systems, along with spill containment and cleanup procedures.
  • Ensure staff awareness of risks and provide training to ensure everyone on-site understands hazards and knows what to do in the event of an explosion.

Titan Safety's range of Flammable Storage Cabinets

Titan Safety's flammable liquids storage cabinets are cost-effective, secure, and safe, manufactured in Melbourne to comply with AS1940-2017 requirements.

  • Constructed from heavy-duty, powder-coated steel for durability, featuring double-wall construction and a 40mm thermal barrier.
  • Cabinets include vent ports with integral flash arrestors on each side to prevent the spread of vapor ignition.
  • Self-closing doors with a flush-mount handle and key lock for added security.
  • All necessary warning and safety signage is provided.
  • Vertical and horizontal options are available to accommodate different space requirements.
  • Another advantage of Spill Crew flammable safety cabinets is their lockability, ensuring effective inventory control of these high-volume consumables often associated with stock losses.

To explore our range of flammable cabinets or to place an order please click this link: https://titansafety.com.au/products/flammable-liquid-safety-cabinets