Corrosive substances are chemical substances that can chemically destroy body tissue, stone and metal. These dangerous goods need to be handled with care as they can affect the human body in multiple ways depending on where the corrosive substance comes in contact with the human body.
If you ever need to come in contact with Corrosive substances, the Australian Standard (AS) 3780-2008 requires the use of Personal Protective Equipment at all times and you will need to follow all safety procedures as accurately as possible to ensure the safety of everyone in the area because Corrosive goods can affect you in a multitude of ways and could even cause death depending on the severity of the hazard created by the substance.
What are Corrosive Substances?
Corrosive substances is a class 8 dangerous good which can be put into two categories which are:
- Acids - e.g. Sulfuric Acid, Citric Acid and Hydrochloric Acid
- Bases - e.g. Calcium Hydroxide, Aluminium Hydroxide and Sodium Carbonate
These two substances can't mix with each other as they will neutralise each other which will make a poisonous salt as a by product. Always remember to wear Personal Protective Equipment when dealing with these corrosive substances to ensure absolute safety even when they have been neutralised as some of the by products could be poisonous to the human body.
Importance of storing corrosive goods correctly
If you have a small quantity of corrosive substances, it isn't a necessity to store the substances in a corrosive storage cabinet however, it is recommended to store them in a corrosive substance storage cabinet to be 100% safe.
With corrosive goods you will need to store them correctly in an AS3780-2008 approved storage cabinet. These cabinets are designed to protect corrosive goods from causing any damage, segregate between incompatible corrosive substances by having seperate sections for acids and bases, and also help contain any spills if they occur.
Some common traits with these corrosive substance storage cabinets are that they have self-closing doors with 2 latch points and a corrosive resistant coating so the corrosive substances don't corrode the storage cabinets too easily.
There are two types of Corrosive storage cabinets which are:
Metal Corrosive Storage Cabinets are best suited for slightly corrosive materials and are typically cheaper than Polyethylene cabinets. They also usually come with plastic trays to hold the corrosive materials in for added protection for the metal cabinet.
The Polyethylene Corrosive Storage Cabinet are made with hardened plastic that are great for containing corrosive materials which are strong and can corrode metal. They also usually come with built in sumps to contain the corrosive substance to ensure that they don't leak out into the environment.
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