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Understanding Corrosive Storage Cabinets Requirements in Australia

Understanding Corrosive Storage Cabinets Requirements in Australia

Corrosive substances are commonly used in many Australian industries including laboratories, manufacturing, and healthcare. These substances, if mishandled or stored improperly, can pose significant risks to both personnel and the environment.

Customers often ask what are the storage requirements for corrosive substances in Australia? In Australia, Australian Standard AS3780-2023 outlines the safe storage of corrosive materials. In this article, we'll explore the requirements for corrosive storage cabinets in Australia in accordance with this standard and highlight the importance of proper storage practices in reducing the risks associated with these corrosive substances.

 

What are Class 8 corrosive substances

Corrosive substances are chemicals that can cause damage to living tissues upon contact, as well as corrosion or deterioration of materials such as metals and plastics. Common examples include acids, bases, and certain oxidizing agents. Due to their hazardous nature, proper handling, storage, and disposal of corrosive substances are essential to prevent accidents, injuries, and environmental contamination.

 

Corrosive storage cages in accordance with Australian Standards

In Australia, the storage of corrosive substances is regulated by the Australian Standard AS 3780-2023 "The storage and handling of corrosive substances." The following are key requirements for corrosive storage cabinets in Australia:

  1. Design and Construction: Corrosive substances much be stored in  dangerous goods storage cabinets, designed and constructed to withstand the chemical properties of the substances stored within them. 

  2. Ventilation: Cabinets should be adequately ventilated to prevent the buildup of potentially harmful vapors or gases. Ventilation systems may include vents, ducts, or openings to allow for the safe dispersal of fumes.

  3. Labeling: Cabinets must be clearly labeled with signage indicating the nature of the contents (e.g., "Corrosive Substances"), as well as any specific hazard warnings or handling instructions. Labels should be durable and prominently displayed for easy identification.

  4. Spill Containment: Cabinets should be equipped with a built-in spill containment sump to capture and contain any spills or leaks from containers stored within. Spills should be promptly cleaned up following appropriate procedures.

  5. Separation and Segregation: Corrosive storage cabinets should be segregated from incompatible substances to prevent chemical reactions or contamination. Cabinets should also be located in well-ventilated areas away from sources of ignition or heat.

  6. Capacity and Loading: Cabinets should be sized appropriately to accommodate the quantity of corrosive substances being stored. Overloading cabinets can compromise their structural integrity and increase the risk of spills or accidents.

  7. Maintenance and Inspection: Regular maintenance and inspection of corrosive storage cabinets are essential to ensure their continued effectiveness and compliance with regulations. Cabinets should be checked for signs of damage, corrosion, or wear, and any defects should be promptly addressed.

 

Titan Safety's range of corrosive storage cages

Investing in quality storage solutions, implementing robust safety protocols, and providing comprehensive training to personnel are crucial steps toward ensuring compliance and mitigating the potential hazards posed by corrosive substances.

Titan Safety stock a wide range of corrosive cabinets built to meet the requirements of the Australian Standard AS3780-2023. Our cabinets feature relevant safety features such as poly trays on each shelf, self closing doors, vent ports and flash arrestors and an in-built containment sump. Better yet these cabinets are designed and made right here in Australia. Shop our range of corrosive storage cabinets here.