Why do I need a flammable storage cabinet?
Quantities of flammable liquid in excess of 25 gallons shall be stored in an acceptable or approved cabinet . osha 1926.152(b)(2)
What is the maximum quantity of flammable liquids can be stored in one storage cabinet?
Not more than 60 gallons of Category 1, 2 and/or 3 flammable liquids or 120 gallons of Category 4 flammable liquids shall be stored in any one storage cabinet. Not more than three such cabinets may be located in a single storage area. Quantities in excess of this shall be stored in an inside storage room such as Hazmat Storage Lockers or Buildings. OSHA 1926.152(b)(3)
1926.152(b)(4)(I) Inside storage rooms shall be constructed to meet the required fire-resistive rating for their use. Such construction shall comply with the test specifications set forth in Standard Methods of Fire Test of Building Construction and Material, NFPA 251-1969.
Do I Need to Vent My Flammable Storage Cabinet?
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Venting of storage cabinets has not been demonstrated to be necessary for fire protection purposes. Additionally, venting a cabinet could compromise the ability of the cabinet to adequately protect its contents from involvement in a fire, because cabinets are not generally tested with any venting. Therefore, venting of storage cabinets is not recommended.
While there’s no federal law or regulation requiring the ventilation of flammable liquid storage cabinets, local state and city officials may have their own laws in place requiring ventilation of storage cabinets. Always check with the local jurisdiction to determine whether ventilation is required.
Vent Storage Cabinets Outside NFPA Code 220.127.116.11 states the following about ventilated flammable liquid storage cabinets: “If a storage cabinet is ventilated for any reason, the vent openings shall be ducted directly to a safe location outdoors or to a treatment device designed to control volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and ignitable vapors in such a manner that will not compromise the specified performance of the cabinet and in a manner that is acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction.”
Do I Need to ground my Flammable Storage Cabinet?
All Securall cabinets come ready with an FM defined static ground connection, comprised of a NFPA compliant 5/16 - 18 x ½” Zinc Plated Grounding Bolt. However, NFPA 30 – Flammable and Combustible Liquids – does not require the cabinet to be grounded. Grounding and bonding becomes a concern during the transfer of flammable liquids. When flammable and combustible liquids travel through a pipe or through the air, static charges are accumulated. Grounding and bonding is necessary during the transfer of flammable liquids that have a flashpoint below 100° F to prevent a static spark from igniting the flammable vapors.
NFPA 70 250.8(A) Permitted Methods for Grounding a Safety Cabinet:
Equipment grounding conductors, grounding electrode conductors, and bonding jumpers shall be connected by one or more of the following means: Machine screw-type Fastener that engage not less than two threads or are secured with a nut.
WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION REGULATING THE PROPER STORAGE CAPACITY FOR MY NEEDS?
Securall Safety Storage Cabinets are designed to meet safety requirements whenever a job involves the handling of flammable or combustible liquids. For additional information regulating the proper application of storing flammables, please visit www.osha.gov or www.nfpa.org.
WHAT FEATURES COME STANDARD ON A Securall cabinet?
All Securall cabinets share the following features:
- Heavy-duty, reinforced 18-gauge all-welded construction
- Double wall construction with 1 ½” air space
- Galvanized steel shelving (except acid/corrosive and stainless steel cabinets)
- 3-point self-latching doors with all non-spark latching
- Flush mounted locking handle
- Continuous piano hinge
- Adjustable zinc plated leveling legs
- Large warning label
- Static grounding bolt complies with 2006 OSHA Regulations
- Leak proof sill 2” deep
- Finished in 2-part, chemical resistant and impact resistant urethane paint
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A STANDARD DOOR, A SLIDING DOOR, AND A SAFE-T-DOOR?
All Securall cabinets are Self-Latching. All Securall cabinets utilize an OSHA & FM compliant non-sparking, 3-point spring loaded button latch system that automatically latches when the doors are closed.
The Standard Door model has a full piano hinge that will latch when door(s) are shut.
The Sliding Door model has a spring-loaded hydraulic controlled closer to employ OSHA 8 second Pinch-Point Regulation. Each sliding door cabinet comes with a fusible link to hold the door open during cabinet use. Fusible link will melt at 165° for automatic closure in case of fire.
The Safe-T-Door closure has not only a hydraulic cylinder to automatically close the door(s), but a built in pivot plate and safety mechanism allowing for an 8 second delay once the cylinder is engaged. Known as the OSHA Pinch-Point Regulation, this delay allows for removal of employee engagement from the doors before they close.
Do I need self-closing doors on my flammable cabinets?
If you’re located in a state that has adopted the International Fire Code (IFC) Standards, then your flammable liquid storage cabinets must have self-closing doors.
IFC (International Fire Code) 5704.3.2.1.3: "Doors shall be well fitted, self-closing and equipped with a three-point latch."
Self-closing doors are not a federal requirement; however, some states and/or local municipalities do enforce the International Fire Code (IFC) or the NFPA 1 Fire Code which does mandate self-closing doors. To find out if you are in an area that requires self-closing doors, contact your local fire marshal or authority having jurisdiction.
MY SELF-CLOSING DOOR CABINET IS NOT CLOSING ALL THE WAY. HOW CAN I ADJUST IT?
The most common reason that the doors won’t completely close is because the cabinet isn’t leveled. The cabinet is “level” for closing purposes when the tops of both doors are directly aligned with each other, signifying that the self-latching rod system inside each door is aligned with the body of the cabinet. Use the leveling legs that are located on the bottom 4 corners of the cabinet, and adjust them until the doors are aligned (as on a household appliance). If there are further questions, please contact your Customer Service Representative.
WHAT ADDITIONAL OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR A SAFETY CABINET?
Securall offers a wide variety of cabinet options and accessories, including but not limited to additional shelves, venting and bonding kits, caster assembly, retrofit self-closing kit to convert any standard door cabinet into a safe-t-door unit, wall mount brackets (weight limit), stacking brackets (not recommended to stack self-closing cabinets beyond 200lbs). Other available options include: poly shelf liners and trays, sump liners, roller-bottoms, the outdoor weatherproof package (must be applied during manufacture of cabinet) etc. Installation of Non-OEM parts on the cabinet that alter the structural integrity of the unit will void the warranty and the FM approval.
Are there any regulations that say cabinets need to be a certain color?
Although specific colors are common to certain stored materials (ex. Yellow = flammable, Blue = acid/corrosives), there is no official color-coding or color requirement for a storage cabinet. All Securall cabinets are available in any of the following standard colors: Yellow, Red, Blue, White, Beige, Gray, Pesticide Green, and Medical Green. Custom colors are available; contact your customer service representative.
WHAT IS THE STORAGE WEIGHT CAPACITY PER SHELF?
Securall has a uniquely designed shelf strip that will allow for 500 lbs per shelf (226.8 kg).
HOW SOON ARE THE CABINETS AVAILABLE TO SHIP AFTER I PLACE MY ORDER?
All standard models are in stock and available to ship within 48 hours of order being placed. For large volume orders, please contact a Customer Service Representative for a lead-time. For custom units, please allow 4-6 weeks unless otherwise specified on the quote. This additional time allows for drawing approvals as well as design communication and implementation.
HOW ARE THE CABINETS PACKAGED FOR SHIPPING?
Each cabinet is placed on a wooden pallet. Special waxed paper is placed in between the doors and the button latch to avoid paint wear during transport. The entire cabinet is bagged in thick heavy duty plastic. The corners of the sides and top of the cabinets are then covered in thick durable 48 ECT cardboard to prevent impact chipping, and the entire unit is wrapped in transparent cellophane from top to pallet and banded, allowing for inspection upon receipt of cabinet. Instruction stickers are then placed within the outer wrapping.