The chal­lenge of safely stor­ing flammable liq­uids

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - PRODUCT WATCH -

Since the ad­vent of the industrial revo­lu­tion, the use of non-wa­ter based chem­i­cals has in­creased dramatically. For those of us work­ing with them, the ex­po­sure to the as­so­ci­ated haz­ards has also in­creased.

One po­ten­tial haz­ard is flamma­bil­ity and to pre­vent fires, haz­ardous liq­uids re­quire spe­cial pre­cau­tions in stor­age, han­dling and use. The cur­rent stan­dard in place to man­age th­ese is AS1940-2004: The Stor­age and Han­dling of Flammable And Com­bustible Liq­uids.

For some in­dus­tries, spe­cial costly struc­tures are nec­es­sary for stor­ing the large amount of flammable liq­uids held on site. How­ever, for the bulk of New Zealand busi­nesses, only smaller amounts are used and there­fore a much faster and eco­nom­i­cal so­lu­tion is avail­able in ap­proved metal cab­i­nets. Th­ese cab­i­nets must meet the fol­low­ing cri­te­ria, among oth­ers, as set out in the above stan­dard: • The walls, floor, door and roof should be of dou­ble­walled sheet steel con­struc­tion, with a space of at least 40mm be­tween the walls. • The in­ner base of the cabi­net shall form a liq­uid-tight com­pound of at least 150mm deep, and shall be de­signed to pre­vent the com­pound from be­ing used as a stor­age space. • Any shelves shall be per­fo­rated to per­mit free air move­ment, and shall be ca­pa­ble of carry the max­i­mum pos­si­ble load. • All cabi­net doors shall be self-closing, close fit­ting and held shut au­to­mat­i­cally by catches of two or more points. Th­ese re­quire­ments are strin­gent (for good rea­son) and the Chemshed cabi­net range has been de­signed and en­gi­neered to meet or ex­ceed each one of them. Whether your busi­ness needs a small sin­gle door 60L cabi­net, a large dou­ble-doored 350L or some­thing in be­tween, this range is your an­swer to the ques­tion of safely stor­ing flam­ma­bles in your work­place. Other unique fea­tures like se­quen­tial door closing, flush mounted latches and ad­justable gal­va­nized shelv­ing, make Chemshed cab­i­nets a sound safety in­vest­ment.

Civilquip Ltd are the na­tional im­porters of Chemshed and with dis­trib­u­tors right across the coun­try, there’s bound to be a sup­plier not too far away.

Con­tact Civilquip to­day on 0800 688 844 for your near­est dealer or email sales@ civilquip.co.nz

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