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Storage of Flammable Liquids

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When dealing with liquids of a flammable nature, it is crucial to ensure that they are stored away correctly.

Not ensuring that flammable liquids are protected could result in a small controllable fire very quickly becoming a raging blaze.

By ensuring you have a flammable cabinet that adheres to COSHH regulations (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health), you can minimize the potential risk caused by fire.

There are a number of different types of cabinets suitable for storing flammable liquids, such as paint, away in.

Here are just a few:

Flammable Liquid Storage:
The most obvious choice. Specifically made to house flammable liquids, flammable liquid storage solutions are available in a number of varying sizes – meaning you can a cabinet that is an exact fit.

Paint and Ink Safety Cabinets:
These storage containers are specially made to keep paints and inks protected. Some will have doors that have to be manually closed, whilst others benefit from having a self-closing door system.

Drum Safety Cabinets:
Drum safety cabinets are much larger than the previously mentioned cabinets. Big enough to store drums filled with potentially dangerous chemicals, these cabinets are usually double-walled and manufactured from a much thicker gauge steel. A gap of one and a half inches of air space between the walls and the inclusion a fire baffle and cap ensures that no half-measures are taken as far as safety is concerned.

10 Common Household Chemicals

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It is surprising how many dangers lurk in products we use almost every day in the home and at work. Here’s a rundown on the 10 most common hazardous substances that are virtually guaranteed to be in every home in the land.

Antibacterial surface cleaners contain ammonium based or phenolic chemicals that are very irritating to the eyes and skin and will burn your throat so care should be taken particularly if using a spray type product. It’s advisable to wear latex dishwashing gloves to help protect your skin when using these cleaners.Jessica Rohrer painting: household cleaning supplies

Window and Glass liquid cleaners and aerosols may be irritating to the eyes, skin, nose, and throat. If swallowed, they may cause drowsiness, unconsciousness, or death.

All-purpose cleaners commonly contain Ammonia, Ethylene Glycol and sodium hypochlorite cause severe irritation to the skin, eyes, nose, and throat and can be highly poisonous if swallowed. Some of these poisonous chemicals also have an odour attractive to animals and pets.

Oven cleaner is either sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide commonly called Lye or caustic soda, is extremely corrosive, and can burn skin and eyes. It is usually fatal if swallowed.

Automatic dishwashing detergents can produce skin irritations or chemical burns, are poisonous if swallowed.

Air fresheners are used in various places throughout the home and contain four basic ingredients formaldehyde, petroleum distillates, p- dichlorobenzene, and aerosol propellants. Air fresheners are usually highly flammable and can cause irritation to eyes, skin, and throat. Solid block type air fresheners usually cause death if eaten by people or pets.

Petrol and Solvents are highly flammable and petrol vapours mixed with air are potentially explosive and highly flammable. Serious lung injury may occur if droplets of petrol are inhaled and drinking petrol is more often fatal. Petrol also causes skin damage and prolonged exposure can affect the nervous system.Household cleaning products ***ALL BRAND NEW, UNOPENED"

Lubrication Oil contains some chemicals that are suspected of causing cancer (carcinogens). If disposed of improperly for example down the drain or onto the land it poses a very serious threat to the environment because it is toxic to fish and birds. Just a pint of motor oil in water can form an oil slick almost 5000 square yards in area. That’s equivalent to a football field! Flammable cabinets are ideal to store oil.

Antifreeze containing Ethylene glycol is very poisonous when swallowed and can be absorbed by the skin. It will cause severe damage to the heart, kidneys and brain and ultimately cause death. It has a sweet smell attractive to animals including pets that could be killed by licking or drinking the fluid. Clean up any spills immediately and wear rubber gloves when handling. Propylene Glycol is a new alternative that is much less toxic.

Oil-based paint contains organic solvents that can be irritating to eyes and skin, and can cause cracking of skin. Inhaling paint fumes can result in headaches, nausea, dizziness, and can make you feel very tired if you breathe in the fumes for too long.

NEVER mix different kinds of cleaners together, especially if one contains ammonia and the other contains chlorine. This can produce a gas called chloramine that can be fatal if inhaled.

Don’t get stuck under the COSHH

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Health and safety seems to get the blame for everything at the moment – health and safety workers are often portrayed as party-poopers or fun spoilers in the media.

These negative stories often spring from the increasing litigiousness of society: the health and safety rules criticised as “fun spoiling” are often precautions put in place to stop silly accidents, prevent harm and injury to, say, school children, and ensure the school is legally protected by doing all they could to prevent risk.

The underlying importance of meeting health and safety regulation cannot be overdone – it is imperative, especially if a business handles potentially hazardous materials, to take the necessary precautions to minimise those hazards.

The correct storage of potentially hazardous materials plays a large part in that.

The guidelines regulating this kind of storage come under the umbrella of COSHH legislation (control of substances hazardous to health).

Many industries will use potentially hazardous products as part of everyday work: from mechanics to school teachers, bakers to hairdressers.

COSHH affects many industries and, as the old adage goes, you can never be too careful when it comes to protecting your safety, and that of your employees.

Simply bunging hazardous materials into a cupboard – even if it has warning labels – will not suffice. Instead, it’s worth looking for a COSHH cabinet which meets proper regulations, such as HSG51 and DSEAR.

Keep your guns under lock and key

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Whether you collect guns or use them for hunting, the safe storage of your prized possessions is really important.

If you have children, it’s imperative to keep these potentially dangerous weapons out the way. Indeed, there are few reasons not to get a gun cabinet to ensure your guns stay safe.

Gun storage doesn’t just keep your weapons out of sight and out of the hands of the wrong people, either, they can help protect them against the elements and damage, too.

Some storage offers flood and fire protection, which is great for peace of mind if the worst case scenario ever materialises.

Of course, most gun owners are very responsible and take every precaution to ensure their collection poses no danger to anyone. Adding a gun cabinet, or upgrading your existing one, is a great way to add extra security to your arrangements.

No matter whether you have collected handguns, rifles or shotguns, there are a range of cases that will keep your weapons safe.

With foam padding and rubber fixtures to stop guns getting scratched, lockable compartments and holders for rods and ammunition, and extra-secure bolts, locks and, even biometric entry systems, a gun cabinet is a very sound investment.

It’s important to get a cabinet which meets a strong security grade, and be sure of your space requirements if your weapons are fitted with scopes or silencers. Guns get a bad press when they get misused: all the more reason to make extra sure yours are safe.

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Interesting facts to know about the Glorious Twelfth

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Last Friday the 12th August is the most anticipated date on the calendar for game shooting enthusiasts. The arrival of the Glorious Twelfth is the signal for thousands of would be game hunters to dust down the contents of their gun cabinets and ammunition boxes and head for the moorlands of northern England and Scotland to declare open season on the Red Grouse “Lagopus Lagopus Scoticus”.

Grouse shoot in the Dales

Let’s face it the vast majority have not and never will eat grouse let alone see one alive, unless you count the one on the Whisky Ad of the same name, but there are some interesting facts about the 12th August you maybe didn’t know.

On the 12th August –

30BC The gloriously beautiful (allegedly) Cleopatra VII, the last ruler of the Egyptian Ptolemaic dynasty, committed suicide reportedly by means of a snake bite.

1762 The future George IV, Hanoverian King of England was born on this day. He reigned from 1820 until his death in 1830. Flamboyant and a big spender he was not that popular but gets brownie points for building the glorious Royal Pavilion at Brighton.

1831 The Game Act was passed to law allowing the shooting of Red Grouse and Ptarmigan between the 12th August and December 10th each year. But did you know that not all game birds can be shot from this day, for most the season begins on 1st September and for Woodcock and Pheasant it is October 1st. As the Game Act prohibits shooting on a Sunday in some years (e.g. 2001 and 2007) we have a Glorious 13th August.

1898 Hawaii and all its glorious beaches were annexed to become part of the United States of America.

1908 Ford Motor Company unveiled the first Model T motor car – a glorious classic.

1956 Canadian actor William Shatner (Captain Kirk in Star Trek) married Gloria Brink and on the same date 3 years later married Gloria Rand. Glory Glory!!

1960 Echo 1, the first ever communications satellite, was launched and on the same date in 1977 the Space Shuttle Enterprise made its first atmospheric flight. Glorious days for NASA.

1966 The Beatles began their last ever tour starting with a gig in Chicago. John Lennon had to apologise for boasting that the band were more popular than Christ in all his Glory.

1981 IBM released its first personal computer, the IBM 5150 which with 64 kb of RAM, a single 5 1/4″ floppy drive and a dodgy monitor cost $3,005 or £1500 in old money. Nothing glorious about that but at the time just 30 years ago it was state of the art.

Any other interesting facts about 12th August?

What is COSHH?

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The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations is enforced to protect people in the workplace against health risks from hazardous substances either used or arising from their work. Typically this covers cleaning agents, solvents and chemical reagents used directly and also substances arising from work practices such as dust, fumes and waste by-products.

COSHH lays down a compliance framework to guide businesses on identifying and implementing the necessary precautions and is therefore an essential management tool. Evidence strongly suggests correct implementation of COSHH has the potential for identifiable cost benefits by reducing substance waste, misuse and the remedial cost of accidental spills.

COSHH applies to virtually all substances hazardous to health. Exceptions include asbestos and lead and substances which are hazardous only because they are radioactive, asphyxiants, at high pressure/temperature or have explosive/flammable properties. Most of these hazards are covered by other Regulations.

COSHH has legal teeth and should not be seen just as a code of practice. Prosecutions are regularly brought for infringements. Hazards to look out for are storing incompatible substances such as acids and alkalis in the same enclosure preferably COSHH rated hazardous Storage Cabinets, storing flammables close to a heat source, inadequate ventilation, inadequate safeguards against environmental pollution such as spill control and lack of PPE ( personal protective equipment) to protect the workforce.

A Step by Step Guide to implementing COSHH legislation can be found in our Advice pages

Anagram Teasers

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Being a cryptic crossword nut I recently had to solve a clue that read “Keep savings in adapted face sash”

The answer was an anagram of Face Sash. Can you solve it? Pretty easy I think.

Here’s a few more Anagrams to test your brain power. All the answers can be found somewhere on this website.

Tuscan Binge – 2 words

Rare Gecko Lost – 2 words

Infect Big Snail – 2 words

Push Type Lectern – 3 words.

If you are stumped follow the links for the answers

If you can come up with any more Anagrams on the same theme to test our readers let us know.

Adoption of new Hazard Substance labels

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As a follow on from my earlier comments regarding the correct use of COSHH rated hazardous substance cabinets I should have added that if using a general purpose COSHH cabinet the need for correct labelling to identify the actual class of materials stored still applies. Use of the old black “Cross” designating “Harmful” is being phased out in favour of more specific pictograms so that the hazard posed by the contents is clear and unambiguous. The Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) is a UN inspired scheme intended to establish a standardized global system to harmonise all the various national and regional hazard communication systems around the world that apply to the control and supply of hazardous chemicals. The GHS when fully rolled out will act in much the same way that the ‘Orange Book’ provides a global framework for the transport of dangerous goods.

This makes absolute sense given our modern global marketplace and Europe is one of the first to adopt the GHS via the CLP (Classification, Labeling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures). This Regulation is entitled “Regulation (EC)No 1272/2008” and supercedes Directives 67/548/EEC and 1999/45/EC.

There is a generous transition period so the old hazard labels on your existing cabinets and existing warehouse stock are acceptable. The plan is to achieve a full transition by 2015. If you are using General purpose COSHH Storage cabinets although the “Cross” label denoting “Hazard” may already be attached but you may be best advised to source the appropriate CLP hazard label specific to the contents for example Flammable, Toxic, Corrosive, Explosive, Environmental Hazard etc to satisfy the Health and Safety and Fire Safety legislation.

Although the CLP legislation is quite detailed and complex for product Safety Data Sheets and labeling of the chemical container or its outer packaging that may involve displaying several pictograms this is not necessary on a hazardous storage cabinet where only the general hazardous class is required.

A summary of the new label pictograms is given below. Note that there is a different set of CLP harmonized labels required for use in the transportation of Hazardous goods. For the full text of Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 go to

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:353:0001:1355:en:PDF

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COSHH Storage Cabinets are not a catch all

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During a visit to my local garage to have a suspicious noise in the car checked out, I noticed in the workshop what looked like one of our general purpose COSHH storage cabinets. The doors to the cabinet were partly open – which they should not have been under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002. Idling my time whilst the mechanic did his thing I took a sly look inside. In my partial view I saw some battery acid, solvent cleaning fluid and a couple of cans of oil plus a load of other cans and bottles in the darker recesses the contents of which I could only guess at.

Mindful not to aggravate the owner and risk my usual discount I said nothing but the incident did raise issues regarding the basic understanding of the regulations regarding the storage of hazardous substances.

It is true that a COSHH rated cabinet is perfectly acceptable for storing some dangerous substances. Although the operative words in the COSHH acronym are “Hazardous to Health” not all dangerous substances are necessarily so. So why do we have specific cabinets for Flammable Substances, Acids, Pesticides and so on? What the Garage owner clearly did not grasp were the H & S guidelines and regulations embodied within COSHH, REACH, DSEAR and the raft of UK and EU fire and safety legislation regarding the requirement to segregate and clearly identify incompatible hazardous substance in the workplace.

In addition when necessary the specialist substance Storage Cabinets include design features intended to enhance the security and protection afforded for the potential hazard of that specific substance. For example Flammables Storage Cabinets have sumps and spill trays and fully rebated doors to prevent flame ingress, pesticide cabinets have louvered vents to prevent fume accumulation, acid and alkali cabinets have zinc coated steel to reduce corrosion.

Acid/Alkali Hazardous storage cabinets demonstrate the issue of segregation very well. From the description you may think you can store acids and alkalis together in one of these cabinets. The opposite is the case. Acids and Caustic Alkalis are incompatible substances as they can create toxic fumes and even explosions when mixed. You should also separate acids from flammables, oils and grease, caustics from epoxies, ammonia from bleach and oxidisers from virtually everything else.

Accepting that few garage owners are qualified chemists it is understandably difficult to know what is acceptable storage practice. In general you should start by looking at the product label and hazard classification as guidance is more often than not given. If guidance is absent you should ask the supplier for the official data sheet.

As a guide you can view a general chemical compatibility chart in our advice centre but if in any doubt consult your nearest Health and Safety Department or an experienced H&S adviser.

Controlled Drugs in the cupboard

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Over time it is amazing how much clutter you can accumulate. Stuff you will never use or need is salted away in the back of cupboards or in the loft because it’s perceived as too good to throw away or may come in handy one day. We decided to have a sort out and one of the first things we tackled was the medicine cabinet. To be exact this was not a purpose made medical storage cabinet but a wall kitchen cabinet requisitioned for the job.

We consider ourselves quite sprightly for our age but you would not think so from the pile of boxes and bottles of half used drugs (prescription drugs I might add!!) cramming the shelves. Some were unopened as either they were not ultimately required or were over prescribed. I stuffed the lot into a plastic bag and I took them down to the local pharmacy which is what you should do. In talking to the pharmacist I discovered that none of the medicines, not even those in sealed blister packs could be recycled. The law is that they must be destroyed which seems such a waste in these times of austerity. There must be millions if not billions of pounds worth of unused medicines out there.

Burton Medical CabinetsAs she was sorting through the hoard she came upon half a box of a controlled drug. “Ahh” she said. “Did you know this is a controlled drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act?” She hastily added that as it was legally prescribed I would not be raided by the Drugs Squad any time soon. Even so she locked it away in a heftily made floor standing safe pending disposal.

I looked into this later and The Misuse of Drugs Regulations divides Controlled Drugs (CDs) into five schedules corresponding to their therapeutic usefulness and potential for misuse. Licensed pharmacies, primary care hospitals, residential nursing homes and GP’s must ensure CDs are securely stored in accordance with the Misuse of Drugs (Safe Custody) Regulations. This requires that all Schedule 2 and some Schedule 3 CDs should be stored securely in a purpose-built lockable metal drugs cabinet or a similarly secure safe that is fixed to a wall or the floor with internal rag bolts. Apparently not even GP’s or pharmacists can store Schedule 1 controlled drugs which include so called recreational drugs like cannabis.

Approved Controlled Drugs cabinets like the Burton Governor CD Safes and the Burton range of Medical Cabinets meet or exceed the requirement of this legislation and comply with BS 2281. In addition the majority of our Cash Safes also meet the requirements although as with CD cabinets they must be solely used for this purpose so you can’t mix in with cash and valuables.

 

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