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Flammable storage containers that are approved and built-for-purpose can help minimise fire risks, as can safety protocols and proper employee training.
The use and storage of chemicals and flammable liquids in the workplace have significant risks attached to them, which is why every flammable substance comes with precise documentation covering associated hazards and detailed guidelines for safety. Approved, built-for-purpose highly flammable storage cabinets can help to minimise any risks, as can proper employee training and well-established safety protocols.
One of the most critical steps to ensuring safety in the workplace is to make sure flammable liquids are stored and handled appropriately, and it is also one of the easiest to overlook.
Ensure you meet UK regulatory EHS compliance
The most pressing reason to ensure you store flammable liquids correctly is to reduce the risk of fire. Highly flammable chemicals must be transported, stored and used safely to reduce that risk, and to avoid the potential of adding fuel to any existing fire on site.
Any business that dispenses, stores or uses chemicals or flammable liquids must ensure they take every possible measure to minimise the risk to people, property and the environment. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have specific guidelines which cover flammable liquids, including the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulation of 2002 (DSEAR).
Maximise operational efficiency
On top of the fact that you are obliged to conform to the relevant safety regulations, the correct storage of flammable liquids and acids can also help you to maximise your operational efficiency. Following the proper handling and storage guidelines will help manage the volume of flammable liquids you have on site, which can help lessen the risk of excess ordering. You will also reduce the risk of leaks, spills and other accidents, which could cause downtime and potential project delays. So, you can see that safely handling and storing flammable liquids can directly impact a company's overall performance.
Protect employees’ health and well-being
Fire and explosions can cause illness, severe injury or even death in workers, as well as severe damage to business properties and potentially to the surrounding environment. The cumulative effects of fire can even outweigh the initial damage, as business operations are prevented due to unusable facilities. The wider local community then has to deal with the loss of industry, jobs and even lives. This is why following the legal guidance on storing flammable liquids is essential; it can save lives.
How can workplaces protect against the hazards associated with flammable substances?
The first step that should be taken is a risk assessment, in line with the DSEAR regulations.
A Chemical Safety Data Sheet (SDS) should be available for all chemicals and hazardous chemicals so that employees who are dispensing, transporting, using or storing said flammable liquids can read it.
Emergency procedures and protocols should be defined, published and practised. All employees who could be exposed to hazardous material should also be appraised of the risks associated with their position and their responsibilities after that.
It would be best if you used a purpose-built flammable storage cabinet for each flammable liquid type in your workplace, such as Strip Curtains Direct's Acid Storage Cabinet, which provides safe storage for flammable liquids within the workplace.
Businesses must understand that all hazardous substances, including flammable chemicals and liquids, pose severe risks to people, business operations, the environment and the neighbouring community, so steps must be taken to minimise the risks involved.
If you are interested in finding out more about our flammable chemical storage solutions, please contact the expert team at Strip Curtains Direct. We can help you find a flammable storage solution that best fits your workplace's requirements.