Are you wondering how to store your chemicals at your facility? Read on to find out how you can store them safely.
One of the easiest and most economical ways to store noxious chemicals is to keep them in special chemical storage cabinets. And don’t worry about needing to have big ugly cabinets all around your facility. You can get them not only as full sized stand-alone cabinets but also as handy under counter cabinets. The nice thing about the latter — they’re actually great space savers.
As you probably know, the space underneath counters is frequently just plain wasted in most facilities. What do YOU have in those spaces? Not much, I would guess.
So why not install some chemical storage cabinets and put that extra space to good use. After all, you need at least one in any case, and when you utilize your under counter areas you’ll essentially gain some “free” space.
And under counter areas are not the only places where you can install them. You can also place them under fume hoods or under windows, for example. The chemical storage cabinets’ compact size makes them ideal for all kinds of otherwise unused spaces.
Here’s what you need to watch out for when you shop for your chemical storage cabinets: make sure to get ones that meet all the work place safety and environmental safety requirements. Among the ones to look for: OSHA 29 and Uniform Fire Code 79.202.
But no worries. It doesn’t have to be complicated. If you’re shopping with a reputable vendor, you’re practically guaranteed that you will get high quality chemical storage cabinets that will meet all the regulatory requirements and serve you well for many years to come.
After all, just because they’re smaller doesn’t mean they won’t have to meet the same high quality specifications as floor model safety cabinets. Here are some of the safety features to insist on:
1) Sturdy steel construction (preferably 18 gauge)
2) Double-walled doors, top, bottom, and sides. Make sure they have 1 1/2″ air space between the walls.
3) High gloss finish in safety yellow
4) Warning labels in red
5) OSHA and UFC certification
And by the way, just because we’ve mostly discussed smaller chemical storage cabinets that doesn’t mean that you can’t go for a full-sized cabinet. If you’ve got the space and the chemicals you need to stash, by all means, get the large cabinets. They may not fit under the counter, but they will have room for several more drums of whatever chemicals you need to store safely.