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AVOID A FINE! How are you storing your Flammable Liquids?

All flammable and combustible liquids need to be stored in an Australian Standard (AS) approved dangerous goods storage cabinet for safety purposes as outlined by the AS 1940-2004.

Failure to comply with the storage requirements set out in AS 1940-2004 can lead to the business getting fined due to their risk assessment failing the recommended requirements or worse yet, have a fire hazard break out that can harm both the business and the employee and in a worse case scenario, cause death.

It is critical to ensure that your business stores flammable liquids such as Paints, Solvents, Petrol, Thinners, Kerosene, Turpentine, White Spirits, Alcohol and Ethanol; and combustible liquids such as Diesel, Linseed Oil and Pine Oil in a Flammable Liquid Storage Cabinet.

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Have you been Insured for Fire Damage?

Insurance companies need to ensure that you comply with AS 1940-2004 before they can insure your business for fire damage, especially if your business deals with flammable liquids on a regular basis or store a large amount of dangerous flammable liquids.

To make sure that your business is insured for fire damage, you will need to check your Flammable Liquid Storage Cabinet for the FM Approved mark from FM Global, which is a widely respected international insurance company. The FM approved mark is highly sought after by organisations as it proves that the flammable storage cabinets meet the high standards of an internationally recognised insurance company, where their standards well exceed the standards set out in AS 1940-2004. This will ensure that your insurance provider will approve of the flammable storage cabinet because of FM Global's extensive certification process.

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What to look for in a Compliant Flammable Storage Cabinet?

When looking for a Flammable Liquid Storage Cabinet, you should always find one that has the highest specifications, these include:

  • Double wall, fully welded construction 1.2mm steel, which will ensure strength and durability.
  • 40mm thick thermal barrier in the event of fire.
  • Dual vents with built in flash arresters, which will minimize the risk of an explosion from happening.
  • Close fitting, sequential self closing and latching doors
  • 3 point locking mechanisms, which will ensure security of your flammable products.
  • Adjustable shelf height increments, which will allow you to adapt to a wide variety of storage requirements.
  • Adjustable leveling feet, ensures that the liquids are kept level at all times inside the cabinet.
  • Fire tested, FM approved exceeds AS 1940 compliance.

 

Where do I get a Flammable Liquid Storage Cabinet?

For companies that regularly use flammable liquids, having a high quality flammable storage cabinet is absolutely essential. An alternative is to store your flammable liquids offsite which will become inconvenient for your business and may also be counter productive due the cost associated with storing these flammable liquids offsite.

Hi-Craft Safety provides a range of high quality flammable storage cabinets to Australian businesses at an affordable price, whether it be a single flammable storage cabinet or a large quantity of flammable storage cabinets. These can be viewed online through our website and we will get it delivered to you Australia wide.

We also provide a full range of safety products & workwear, including personal protective equipment, fire safety equipment, safety signs, gas detection units and first aid equipment. Please feel free to contact us on 1300 088 089 to service your needs for the protection of your employees and property.

 

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