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Safety cabinets give you double the storage protection for flammable, combustible, corrosive, noxious, or hazardous materials. The cabinets come in a variety of sizes, from 2 to 110 gallons, to accommodate the containers, cans, and drums that hold gasoline, kerosene, waste, solvents, pesticides, herbicides, or chemicals. Most cabinets contain durable, adjustable shelf storage. Read More
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The rugged quality of safety cabinets

Cabinets for storing hazardous materials meet stringent OSHA and NFPA construction standards. Top-quality safety cabinets have lead-free, baked-on powder-coated finishes, color-coded for specific materials, including yellow for flammables, red for combustibles, and blue for corrosives. Each features bold, visible warning labels, many with reflective surfaces. The cabinets consist of reinforced, double-walled 18-gauge steel, normally welded rather than riveted to minimize air-holes that might oxygenate flames. Most cabinets have dual vents or baffles with flame arresters or fire caps to minimize the buildup of fumes or the proliferation of flames. They come with raised, leak-proof bottom sills to contain spillage, and most have adjustable safety shelves to hold a variety of safety cans and canisters. Many cabinets have leveling feet for added stability, and several come with ground connections to eliminate any build-up of spark-prone static electricity.

Safety cabinet closures and locks

Safety storage solutions, from folding protector cases to large cabinets, have sophisticated mechanisms either to facilitate access or to prevent unauthorized access. Most safety cabinets come with self-closing doors, many with fusible link mechanisms that keep the doors open when necessary but close them automatically when they’re subjected to fire-induced heat. Many cabinets also have piano-style hinges, multi-point latches, and flush-mounted key locks for fail-safe, airtight closures.

Safety shelves for heavy-weight containers

The single or dual shelves that go into cabinets are heavy-gauge, ribbed galvanized steel rated for up to 350 pounds. They’ll securely hold multiple containers such as color-coded safety cans full of gasoline or other flammable liquids, or an assortment of containers for acids, combustibles, solvents, aerosols, or pesticides. The safety shelves are removable for accommodating vertically or horizontally positioned 30 to 55-gallon drums.

Why the cabinets are so important

The fundamental purpose of safety cabinets is to minimize the chance of fire, explosion, or corrosion associated with hazardous material. The cabinets achieve their purpose by:

  • Preventing the cross-contamination of hazardous materials that might result in a lethal mix of fumes or liquids
  • Allowing industrial crews to maintain the safest maximum amount of hazardous material necessary for work
  • Keeping hazardous materials as close as possible to the location in which they’re used
  • Providing the most visible warnings of the contents and effects of hazardous material

Most of the OSHA and NFPA-compliant cabinets also comply with International Fire Codes and third-party certifications like Factory Mutual (FM) approvals or Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) listings.

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