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5 Things to Consider When Buying Corrosive Storage Cabinets | Ecospill

As a business, you need to provide a safe place to store corrosive substances at your workplace. But with so many options available, it makes the purchasing process quite overwhelming.

At Ecospill, we’re experts when it comes to corrosive storage cabinets. We supply Australian worksites from the East Coast to the West Coast! And we’re here to simplify the purchasing process for you. 

5 QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN BUYING CORROSIVE STORAGE CABINETS

If you’re in the market for corrosive storage cabinets for your worksite, below are 5 questions you should ask your supplier when making your purchasing decision. 

ARE THEY COMPLIANT?

The right safety cabinets not only keep your staff and the environment safe. They also ensure you meet Australian Standards AS3780-2008, which is imperative. Failing to adhere to these standards can result in hefty fines. 

So, the question of compliance is one of the first questions you need to ask your supplier!

As a leading Australian spill kit supplier, our safety cabinets meet and exceed Australian Standards AS3780-2008.

CAN THEY SAFELY CONTAIN FLAMMABLE CORROSIVES?

Flammable corrosives can combust and release energy. Because of this, they are the most used corrosives in the workplace. They power many machines and are also a key ingredient in many of the other liquids that businesses use. 

Not all corrosive storage cabinets can store flammable corrosives. These types of corrosives have specific storage needs. They emit flammable vapours which can ignite should they meet a source of ignition. Besides the fire risks they present, these vapours are harmful if inhaled in large quantities.

For these reasons, flammable corrosive storage cabinets come with special features. For example: 

– Fully welded construction 1.2mm Steel Double Wall (Flammable Units)

– Self-Closing and Latching Doors

– Flash Arresters

– Leakproof Containment Sumps

We stock a wide range of flammable corrosive storage cabinets at Ecospill. They are all fire tested and exceed Australian Standards AS1940-2004.

WHICH OTHER CORROSIVES CAN THEY SAFELY CONTAIN?

You must mention to your supplier which types of corrosives you’re needing to store. You will find not all corrosive storage cabinets are suitable for all corrosives. 

Ecospill corrosive storage cabinets, however, are suitable to store all class 8 corrosives. ‘Class 8 corrosives’ can dissolve organic tissue and some metals. They include acids and alkalis like sulfuric acid and potassium hydroxide.

WHAT ARE THEY MADE OF?

Fully polyethylene safety cabinets offer an ultimate level of protection against corrosive substances. A safety cabinet made from 100% polyethylene is the best protection against both corrosion and leaks. This chemically inert, linear low-density material also provides the greatest rust resistance. 

We supply workplaces with various options of corrosive storage cabinet materials. The range includes polyethylene lined, full polyethylene or metal corrosive storage cabinets. Our poly-lined corrosive storage cabinets are the perfect hybrid. They offer the affordability of a metal cabinet with the corrosive protection of a polyethylene lining. 

DO THEY HAVE VENTILATION PORTS?

To combat the health risks associated with the inhalation of hazardous chemical vapours, Safework Australia developed exposure standards. These standards identify a wide range of hazardous substances. They also note their legal airborne concentration limits.

If your workplace stores corrosive substances listed in these standards, and the concentration of the vapours is greater than the outlined limit, your corrosive storage cabinets will need ventilation. This is to reduce the corrosive vapours emitted from the cabinet. 

All Ecospill corrosive storage cabinets come with dual vent ports.

IN CONCLUSION

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to corrosive storage cabinets. Before making any decisions, you need to be aware of your requirements, so you know what questions to ask your supplier.

Our friendly team are happy to answer any questions you may have. We can guide you through stocking your site with corrosive storage cabinets. Contact us for any of your spill kit or environmental safety equipment needs!