Why shouldn’t I put my flammable liquids cabinet near electrical outlets?
Overloaded and faulty electrical points, switches and sockets can overheat, causing them to discharge and catch fire. And this can cause flammable vapours to escape from the storage cabinet, ignite and cause a fire in your workplace.
This is why flammable storage cabinets for Class 3 flammable liquids must never be installed within 3 metres of any source of ignition, including electrical points and sockets.
I’ve changed the number of flammable liquids I store, so can I use my flammable liquids cabinet to store other things?
This is not wise. The flammable liquid cabinet is made of specific construction materials and components to completely prevent flammable vapours and liquid splashes. These materials may not be suitable for use with other hazard categories (eg acids and strong corrosives).
To keep your workplace safe, you have to start by correctly classifying the different classes of hazardous substances and using only safety cabinets designed for each different type of chemical.
Is it mandatory to install a safety shower and eyewash point next to the cabinet for flammable liquids?
If your workers are at high risk of injuring their skin or eyes by using or being near the flammable liquids stored in a flammable cabinet, you will need first aid equipment. However, you will know if you need an eyewash station or safety shower after you complete a risk assessment of the area and the liquids.