You may be asking yourself what Dangerous Goods are? and how do you classify it as a dangerous good? Or even asking do I have to store my dangerous goods if I only have a small amount? Well you have come to the right place for these questions to be answered!!
How do I classify Dangerous Goods?
Dangerous goods have been classified by the Australian Dangerous Goods Code into 9 different classes of Dangerous Goods which have been classified differently for occupational health and safety standards to ensure safety in the workplace when handling these different classes. The 9 different classes of Dangerous Goods include:
- Explosive Goods
- Mass Explosion hazards
- Projectile hazards
- Minor explosive and/or projectile hazard
- Small explosive hazards
- Intensive substances with mass explosion hazards
- Insensitive articles which do not have a mass explosion hazard
- Non-Flammable, Non-toxic Gases
- Toxic Gas
- Flammable Liquids
- Flammable Solids
- Spontaneous Combustible
- Dangerous when wet
- Oxidising Substances
- Oxidising Agents
- Organic Peroxides
- Toxic Substances
- Infections Substances
- Radioactive Substances
- Corrosive Substances
- Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods
These dangerous goods are classified separately from one another because some of these dangerous goods are not compatible to be handled together as they have the potential to become a hazard because they can have chemical reactions that can cause damage to the environment and the people in the surrounding area. E.g. If you handle flammable liquids with toxic substances and one catches fire it will make the toxins from the toxic substance airborne which can cause damage or even prove fatal to any workers around the area.
How do I make sure that my Dangerous Goods are Safe and Secure?
With the huge variety of different classes on dangerous goods there are a number of Dangerous Goods Storage Cabinets which are built to hold each class of dangerous goods. These cabinets are built within the specifications of the Australian Standard which regulates each class of dangerous goods.
The best Dangerous Goods Storage Cabinets are the ones which have the FM approved mark from FM Global, which is a world class insurance company. If your cabinet has that mark it can ensure an easier compliance process with any of your insurance companies and also shows the quality of the cabinet and its ability to keep both you and your workers safe from any risk of a hazard occurring in the workplace.
What Quantity of Dangerous Goods are required before we need a Storage Cabinet?
The simple answer to this question is that if you care about your workplace, environment, workers and visitors; you should always store all your dangerous goods away when not in use. This will help ensure that you mitigate any risks associated with that class of dangerous goods.
However, legally you don't need a Dangerous Goods Storage Cabinet if you have less than 10 litres of a class of dangerous goods within a space of 10 metres square; however if you have other classes of dangerous goods within that space then you are required to have each of the classes of dangerous goods stored in a dangerous goods storage cabinet.
But as a general rule of thumb, you should always have your dangerous goods stored in a cabinet because many factors can come into play to trigger a hazard which may lead to damage to property and the environment or even prove fatal to your workers! So please don't take any risks because your worker's lives are in your hands!
So where do I get a Dangerous Goods Cabinet that matches my needs?
Here at Hi-Craft Safety we have the widest range of Dangerous Goods Storage Cabinet where all of them have the FM mark of approval. We also have all the necessary Personal Protective Equipment, Spill Containment and Fire Safety tools to help you protect your workplace and yourself from any hazards should they arise.