How to Store Corrosives in a Safety Cabinet

When corrosive materials are used with regularity, they need to be stored in a spill-proof, fire-proof, and tamper-proof safety cabinet. If corrosive materials are not stored in a safe and secure cabinet, then the owners of said materials leave themselves in very vulnerable spot; more specifically, employers can be sued for damages in the case of a fire that results in loss of life or for damages due to property loss. Chemicals that are flammable, hazardous, or both always need to be locked in state of the art safety cabinet.

Hazardous chemicals that are left out in the open, especially when the most of the employees have left the building, are nothing short of disaster waiting to happen. Hazardous chemicals can catch fire, cause explosions, or be tempting to thieves. Recently, there was an explosion of biblical proportions in a West, Texas fertilizer plant. It exploded and thus destroyed hundreds of homes – not to mention the countless lives that were lost. At the present time, authorities are investigating the safety history of the company while hundreds of people are left homeless.

The best safety cabinets for corrosives are those that meet or, better yet, exceed all of the necessary OSHA requirements; additionally, all safety cabinets should come with a locking mechanism and reinforced doors, as well as fire retardant paint. An employer’s best bet is to purchase a cabinet with self–closing doors that have fusible links, which melt at 165°F, therefore automatically closing the doors and protecting the consumer’s workplace. An investment in one of the better safety cabinets is a highly sound one. When it comes to workplace safety, there is nothing more important than being prepared for the worst while hoping for the best.

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How to Choose the Right Broom For the Job

Maintaining hygienic standards is easier when employees have access to the right tools for the job, including the proper brooms. The staff in charge of cleaning will be better able to carry out cleaning tasks effectively and efficiently when they have tools that are fit-for-purpose.

Hygienic Design of Brooms

Drilled and stapled brooms are produced with the traditional method of folding bristles and stapling them into a block. This creates a tight fit that holds bristles in place. When a tool is well-designed, there are minimal places for contaminants to hide in and multiply. However, bristles have been known to fall out, though less frequently on better-quality tools. For most food industry purposes, this provides a high level of hygiene and supports sanitation efforts.

Resin-set brooms have cropped up in recent years, but they present a host of hygiene concerns—namely, that the resin itself isn’t approved for food contact and have been known to fall out of the broom, creating and spreading its own contamination. This type of broom isn’t recommended for food processing.

Ultra Safe Technology (UST) brooms from Vikan are state-of-the-art tools that have a unique design and construction that improves bristle retention and hygiene. Bristles are fully molded into bristle security units in patterns that maximize efficiency while allowing the broom itself to be cleaned easier. This level of hygiene is appropriate for facilities that require a higher level of cleanliness, such as ready-to-eat food, baby food, and infant formula processing plants.

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OSHA Will Enforce New Beryllium Standard Starting in May

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) announced last month that it will start enforcement of the final rule on occupational exposure to beryllium in general, construction and shipyard industries on May 11, 2018.

In January 2017, OSHA issued new comprehensive health standards addressing exposure to beryllium in all industries. In response to feedback from stakeholders, the agency is considering technical updates to the January 2017 general industry standard, which will clarify and simplify compliance with requirements.

OSHA will also begin enforcing on May 11, 2018, the new lower 8-hour permissible exposure limit (PEL) and short-term (15-minute) exposure limit (STEL) for construction and shipyard industries.

To read the full news release from OSHA and to get more information on the new beryllium standard, click here.

Gas Cans – Knowing What to Use

With so many different types of fuel containers available in the marketplace, it could be confusing as to what type of container is appropriate for storing gasoline or other flammable liquids. As a quick general overview, all of the containers below can be used as fuel containers — but it depends on who is using it (the individual user and their environment) and their application (storing and transferring liquid versus transporting it) — that determines what gas can to use when.

Standard Plastic Gas Cans

These are specifically intended for consumer use around the home and sell in the retail range of $10 – $50. They are widely available from hardware stores, home centers and big-box chain retailers.

Metal and Polyethylene Safety Cans

These are “Safety Cans” which are FM approved and/or UL Listed, and are required by OSHA when used by any business or commercial enterprise. Key required safety features include flame arresters, self-closing lids, pressure relief and 100% leak testing. They generally range in purchase price from $50 to $150 and are available through industrial and safety supply distributors.

DOT Approved Safety Cans

These are FM and DOT/UN approved safety cans, and are required for use in any commercial vehicle by the Department of Transportation and OSHA when transporting flammable or combustible liquids on public roads and highways (with some minor exceptions, such as if transporting less than 1/3 of a gallon). Key required safety features, over and above “Safety Cans”, include rugged handle drop protection and a lid locking device for transport. DOT approved safety cans generally range in purchase price from $150 to $300 and are available through industrial and safety supply distributors.

To view Spill 911’s line of Safety Cans, click here. If you have any questions on which option would be right for your application, please give one of our customer service representatives a call at 800-474-5911.

How to Store Pesticides in a Safety Cabinet

If you store pesticides and flammable liquids in your facility, you must store them according to OSHA regulations in safety cabinets that meet OSHA requirements. Pesticides present a substantial danger to people and the environment when improperly stored, so having a pesticide safety plan for the protection of your employees that controls the usage of the chemicals is a must for your business.

Any reputable supplier of industrial safety equipment will have a large selection of safety cabinets to choose from.

Ideal pesticide safety cabinets feature double-wall construction with 1.5″ of air space and dual flame-arresting vents. They also contain a three-point automatic latch with keyed lock to prevent unauthorized access and steel shelves, fitted with corrosion resistant polyethylene trays with adjustable centers to accommodate a variety of containers.

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