Sudoku – safety cupboards

Here is a special version of the popular Sudoku brainteaser that uses letters instead of numbers. The rules are the same, each row, column and 3×3 square box must contain each of the letters in the keyword exactly once.

We have filled in some of the grid to give you a start.

As you might expect from the safety storage specialists your keyword is “CUPBOARDS“.

Come back next week for the solution and a new puzzle!

Top Ten Tips for the safe storage of chemical in the home

    1. Always read and follow the safe use, storage and disposal instructions on the product label.
    2. Store harmful household products and pesticides out of reach of children and pets. Store in a locked COSHH cabinet in a utility area or garden store with lots of ventilation.
    3. Store flammable products outside the living space in locked flammable cabinets and far away from places where they could catch fire. Keep flammable products away from portable heaters, electric heaters, central heating boilers and outdoor grills.
    4. Never store pesticides or other household products in cabinets where food is stored, or near food intended for people or animals. Never store pesticides where you keep medicines. Ideally pesticides should be stored in lockable pesticide cabinets.
    5. Always store chemical based products in their original containers so that you can read the label for directions on their use, storage and disposal.

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  1. Never transfer flammable liquids, pesticides or other household products to soft drink bottles, milk jugs or other food containers. Children, or even adults, may mistake them for something to eat or drink.
  2. Never mix different cleaning fluids or pesticides. Chemical reactions can occur creating dangerous gases and in some cases exothermic reactions with the potential to cause fires and explosions.
  3. Always dispose of unwanted chemicals particularly petroleum based products and pesticides responsibly to protect your environment. Do not tip down drains, into drainage dykes, rivers or onto the land.
  4. Look out for new products that are less hazardous and environmentally friendly such as Propylene Glycol antifreeze or use safer alternatives. A combination of vinegar and baking soda is good at clearing blocked waste pipes.
  5. Have emergency numbers for fire services, environmental office and your doctor in a convenient place in case of emergency. Seconds save lives.

 

 

Data breach – theft of Digital Data records

Confidence in the security of online digital networks took a heavy blow with the recent disclosure that hackers had breached Sony’s Play Station Network and taken account details of close to 25 million users worldwide including some credit card details. After some huffing and puffing about the safety of its data encryption, yesterday, Sony finally came clean and admitted that some 12,700 encrypted credit card details and over 10000 direct debit details were also stolen during the two day cyber attack. All the affected data apparently came from an outdated 2007 database. Less than 4 years old and obsolete -that’s the digital age for you!!

It also goes to show that our increasing reliance on digital storage is providing a bonanza for ever more sophisticated thieves and that the current preference to store sensitive information on our computers, pen drives and on our providers remote servers makes it far more accessible than the unfashionable paper files in the drawer approach.

Not much you can do about your personal data stored on someone else’s database other than to not sign up in the first place but you should review the security of your own data storage to ensure that a would be thief is at least made to work for his spoils. Small things like changing file access and site login passwords on a regular basis and setting a screen password on your computer can thwart the casual thief.

Laptop Security CabinetsOf course you should also make sure that your laptop is stored securely when not in use. The theft of the whole kit and caboodle can cause havoc particularly to businesses but also other high volume users like schools and colleges.

If the company laptops remain on the premises they can be stored in a purpose made Laptop Security Cabinet or Locker. You can get versions that also charge the laptops ready for the next shift.  If you have highly confidential or sensitive info stored you can go one step further and use a Laptop Safe. These are also ideal for home office users as they can double up for storage of cash and valuables.

And finally be more diligent before giving your credit and debit card details and any personal info online. Look for evidence of independent site security verification like the McAfee Secure and Safebuy icons.

Storing Up Trouble

During the recent cold spell many businesses and domestic consumers, I amongst them, were left without heating oil supplies. In desperation people were forced to find whatever containers they could and trawl the local suppliers for emergency supplies. This was not easy and I for one was forced to introduce some expensive diesel to the tank to get me through. As a consequence domestic and business users were transporting and storing extra quantities of fuel many without knowledge of current safety legislation for flammable substances.

For reference the good news is that for Heating Oils and Diesel, under the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) there are no specific legal requirements on the quantity allowed either in workplaces or domestic premises. They are not, from a health and safety point of view, classed as particularly hazardous substances within the context of DSEAR – as their higher flash point means that their vapours will not ignite anywhere near normal room temperatures.

Kerosene and diesel do however constitute an environmental hazard, incurring high clean-up costs if they should leak into a drain, watercourse or the soil. Also if they are caught up in a fire they will contribute to fire intensity and spread so safe containment is essential.

When not in use, containers of flammable liquids needed for current work activities should be kept in sealed containers and stored in suitable fire-resisting cabinets or bins which are also designed to retain spills (110% volume of the largest container stored in it).

The recommended maximum quantity of highly flammable liquids, i.e. with a flash point below the maximum ambient temperature of the workroom, that may be stored in DSEAR type flammable storage cabinets and bins should be no more than 50 litres. For other flammable liquids with a higher flashpoint of up to 55°C no more than 250 litres is recommended.

The amount of petrol that can be kept in a domestic garage or within six metres of a building is a maximum of two ten litre capacity metal containers or two suitable plastic containers with a maximum capacity of five litres each. Under no circumstances should the petrol containers be stored in the home itself.

The design of our standard flammable storage cupboards is intended to provide a physical barrier to delay the involvement of the stored materials in a fire and limit exposure to the flames and hot gases for sufficient time to allow safe evacuation.

If your working practices require internal storage of quantities of highly flammable liquids above the recommended maximums then you are well advised to consider fire proof storage cabinets conforming to the BS EN 14470-1:2004 Standard. Unlike single skin cabinets that segregate from flames but not heat the EN14470 cabinets have stringent design specifications covering the fire resistance of the complete cabinet that prevent the internal temperature from rising above preset limits protecting the contents from fire damage or destruction for up to 90 minutes. Although their use in the UK is not yet a legal requirement under DSEAR legislation for excess storage quantities employers may find installing BS EN14470 cabinets with enhanced fire performance helps in justifying the integrity of their risk assessment as well as protecting valuable assets.

 

Welcome

After 10 weeks of frenzied behind the scenes activity I am delighted to introduce you to our brand new website The Safety Storage Centre.

No prizes for guessing the raison d’être behind the launch of a website that has a mission statement that reads “The Safety Storage Centre specialise in providing storage solutions to ensure our customers compliance with workplace safety legislation and to protect personnel and secure property and valuable assets from workplace hazards, fire and theft.”

Why now? Well as a company we have been supplying and distributing fire protection and personal safety products for over a decade and The Safety Storage Centre now  joins its sister website The Fire and Safety Centre as an integral branch of The Supply Centre network and thereby expanding our internet e-commerce product portfolio.

The popularity of the specialist range of fire safety storage products available through The Fire and Safety Centre convinced us that we offered Private and Public organisations the right mix of product, price and quality to expand our range to include all types of Safety Storage Solutions. Given the thousands of safety products we currently supply and the thousands of safety storage cabinets, cupboards, chests, boxes, safes, lockers etc, etc, etc, that are required for compliance with the myriad of safety legislation the only solution was a brand new dedicated site that does exactly what it says on the box or in this case the URL!

This blog will keep you in the loop with industry insight, news and independent commentary on what’s happening in the safety storage arena and updates on any changes in legislation that may impact your organisation.

I hope you find the website relevant, accessible and informative and of course you are cordially invited to add comments and raise issues relevant to the cause for the benefit of all our customers.

Barrie