Tips For CHoosing Chemical Storage Cabinets

Are you storing chemicals in your facility? If so, you probably realize that they can quite be a hazard if they end up leaking, spill, or when exposed to fire.As you surely know, most industrial fires are caused by improperly stored chemicals. 

Fortunately, it's not too hard storing your chemicals safely. Making sure they are in appropriate containers, you also want to provide those containers with an additional layer of protection. After all, there's no container that's completely leak-proof or spill proof, though there are certainly some that are much better than others.

In any case, you should consider storing those containers in storage cabinets that are specially designed for this purpose. They are crafted to withstand industrial type use and live up to the safety standards set forth by OSHA and UFC.

But how do you select the right cabinet? There seems to be an ever-growing variety of chemical storage cabinet types. So here's what to consider as you shop for your perfect cabinet.

1) Type of chemicals

The most important aspect to consider is which chemicals will be stored in that cabinet. That's because you need to decide whether you need a stainless steel cabinet or a poly cabinet.

Stainless steel cabinets may seem sturdier at first sight, and they are, but some chemicals as well as many pesticides are highly corrosive and will eat right through all that stainless steel. However, they can not eat through the polyethylene, so that is what storage cabinets for the corrosive chemicals and pesticides are made of.

2) Amount of chemicals

Next, you'll need to consider the size of the cabinet or cabinets you'll need. They can range from 2 gallons all the way to 120 gallons. Which size you should get will depend on some chemicals you need to store — and also how many different kinds you have. Some of them can be stored together, but there are also some chemicals that must be stored separately.

Among those that require separate storage are of course corrosives and pesticides, for which you'll need a poly chemical storage cabinet.

Finally, you need to make sure that your chemical storage cabinet meets OSHA and NFPA Code 30 specifications. Fortunately, if you shop with a quality vendor, you can be assured that your cabinets will meet those as well as all the other usual safety standards.