Dangerous Goods and Chemicals Storage

Our comprehensive selection of safety cabinets and dangerous goods storage solutions can be used to store a wide range of hazardous materials and substances.

The Storemasta range of internal safety cabinets provides everyday safe storage for most classes of dangerous goods, including chemicals and flammable liquids. Standard features include fully adjustable shelves, smooth action, self-closing and self-latching doors, a patented and trouble-free sequential closing system, and much more. Quality of build is paramount in every one of our all-Australian manufacturing facilities, with the Storemasta range being an excellent example of a quality product that offers exceptional value for money.

Why the best dangerous goods storage is a top priority

The importance of purchasing the best available workplace storage, containment and safety equipment for dangerous goods has to be a top priority. No hazard has more laws controlling it because no hazard can be as deadly. Those laws exist to protect life, property and the environment from poisoning, corrosion, chemical burns, suffocation, fire and explosion.

There are more than 4880 potentially dangerous or hazardous substances on SafeWork Australia’s GHS Hazardous Chemical Information List. New chemicals are developed each year to improve industrial processes. Almost 300 new ones were added to the list during 2015.

Systems for safe storage and containment have to keep pace to ensure appropriate solutions are available for workplaces using dangerous goods. What might be fine a few years ago may not be acceptable to safety regulators today.

Australia’s dangerous goods safety laws cover the lifecycle of dangerous goods, from manufacture or supply to transport, storage, handling and use. Proper storage is vital to ensure containers of chemicals, substances and gases are secure from damage, leaks, and spills. Flammable and reactive goods must be stored according to strict requirements to ensure segregation and isolation from ignition sources and reactive mixing.

The laws dictating the safety and security of dangerous goods at workplaces and in transit stem from the Federal Government’s Australian Dangerous Good Code that is linked to United Nations global conventions and model laws. The Australian Government supports those conventions because they represent world’s best practice. Each Australian jurisdiction is responsible of implementing those conventions under local law and as uniformly as possible to ensure there is no confusion across borders.

The ADG Code prescribes, amongst other things, classification, packaging, labelling and placarding, segregation and stowage, transfer, documentation and safety and emergency procedures. The impact of the ADG code can be seen every day in “diamond” warning symbols on container and packaging, on trucks transporting them, and at the entry to the many workplaces where they are used and stored.

Victoria, more than any other state, has seen the devastating affects when the risk of dangerous goods are not strictly controlled. In 1991 the Coode Island storage facility caught fire and in 1998 the Longford gas plant blew up. This explains why Victoria has the toughest DG regime.

In Victoria the objectives of the ADG code is implemented under a separate Act, the Dangerous Goods Act. It enforces safety of persons and property related to the manufacturer, storage, transport, transfer, sale and use of dangerous goods across the state. The workplace safety regulator, WorkSafe Victoria, enforces that law in addition to enforcing the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The OHS Act has a different objective – to ensure employers protect their workers from risks to health and safety. This is “any” risk so includes dangerous goods.

WorkSafe Victoria inspectors have powers under both Acts and enforce under either or both when they visit workplaces. They often take action over DG storage (e.g. security, segregation and isolation), worker exposure, fire risk and documentation.

The Victoria DG Act is supported by specific regulations on handling and storage – The Dangerous Goods (Storage and Handling Regulations) 2012. The regulations are mostly about safe handling and storage but do cover provisions such as classification and labelling, risk assessment and review, design of premises, plant, processes and systems of work (including those relating to storage, isolation and segregation and spill control), fire protection systems and placarding.

The regulations are in turn supported by the recently updated Code of Practice for Storage and Handling made under the DG Act. This code give practical advice on how to implement the provisions of the regulations but has more of an OHS focus. It some information on setting up safe storage, segregating and isolating substances and types of spill containment. Its appendix lists a range of Australian Standards where more detailed information can be found.

In NSW is it relatively simpler. Since 2004, DG has been regulated as an OHS hazard where the primary duty is to protect workers exposed to them. However it’s Code of Practice for Storage and Handling of Dangerous Goods copies the Victorian code. Other aspects of DG risk in NSW are controlled by its sister agencies.

The national model laws now in place in most states, including NSW, since 2013, use the NSW approach of regulating DG under OHS laws.

Whatever the regulatory regime, there is no easy way of complying other than to have the latest secure and safe storage and containment and safety systems in place.

Safe Storage You Can Trust

Our safety cabinet range for sale is suitable for the storage of a range of dangerous substances, including a range of chemicals. We offer Class 3 Flammable Liquid Storage Cabinets, Class 6 Toxic Substance Storage, Class 8 Corrosive Substance Storage Cabinets, Class 5.1 Oxidising Agent storage, and Class 5.2 Organic Peroxide Storage. These options provide safe and effective chemical storage for a range of applications.

Sitecraft’s Heavy Duty Internal Safety Cabinets remain unmatched for strength, durability and unique safety features. Ideal for storage of flammable liquids, these are often used in demanding applications such as mining, defence and heavy engineering workshops. Meanwhile, fully compliant Large Capacity Safety Stores provide users with a space-efficient dangerous goods storage solution. These versatile storage cabinets boast the biggest internal storage capacity for hazardous products on the market.

Storage of Corrosive Substances

For the safe storage of corrosive substances, the Sitecraft poly Corrosive Substances Storage cupboard is a non-metallic cabinet designed to withstand the most corrosive Class 8 substances. These cabinets for sale, feature dual compartments, enabling incompatible dangerous goods to be stored safely within the same cabinet. They also feature a smart, modern profile that will compliment any institutional or laboratory decor. The range includes 50L Corrosive Substance Storage Cabinets, 140L 2 Door Cabinets, and many more.

Relocatable Options

The Storemasta relocatable bulk dangerous goods stores provide a cost-effective alternative to the expensive and often time-consuming operation associated with building permanent fixed storage solutions. These relocatable large safety stores provide an immediate option for the storage of large quantities of dangerous chemicals and goods. Choose from a large range of standard designs, or alternatively, you can opt to have one purpose built according to your specific requirements. Customised options include stainless steel construction, shelving compartments, observation panels in doors, decanting systems, intense heat guarding and protection, and eye wash facilities.

Sitecraft also offers small bulk outdoor options from Storemasta for the storage of dangerous goods. These can store 1 to 2 pallets and are available in a number of configurations, including smaller capacity units that are ideal for storing smaller quantities in a rugged and safe outdoor store.

Gas Cylinder Storage

Sitecraft also stocks Storemasta solutions for compliant gas cylinder storage. These gas bottle stores incorporate added Occupational Health and Safety features to assist in the safe handling of gas cylinders, including access ramps, adjustable bottle restraints, and trolley options. Heavy duty LPG gas stores are available to store up to 24 bottles, and Aerosol Storage Cages are also available for the storage of aerosol cans to Australian Standards AS 3833.

For expert advice, or for assistance in choosing a storage option that’s right for you, contact Sitecraft today. We provide an Australia wide service for all businesses with offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

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