Friday, September 04, 2009

What are the typical sizes of flammable storage cabinets used in hospital and health care facilities?

There are several different sizes of flammable storage cabinets that are commonly used in hospital and health care facilities. One of the larger sizes is the counter height model that measures 43 inches in width, 18 inches in depth and 65 inches in height. There is also a smaller model that is 23 inches in width, 18 inches in depth and 35 inches in height. Other models are slightly wider and slightly taller while still others may be about 4 inches deeper. Choosing the right size typically includes taking an inventory on what needs to be stored within the cabinet according to OSHA and NFPA standards and codes.
The size of the flammable storage cabinet is important as there is a weight limit as to how much the shelving units can hold. Most will have one or more shelves that can hold up to 500 pounds, plus there will also be a gallon capacity that the specific flammable storage cabinet can support. In some cases, depending on the size of the facility, it may make sense to have several smaller flammable storage cabinets rather than one large unit as this provides less risk in transporting the liquids from location to location. What safety features are required in flammable storage cabinets for hospital use? There are many different safety features that make flammable storage cabinets highly effective in preventing fires and leaks. The first is that they are made of 18 gauge welded steel, which means there are no rivets or screws that hold the cabinet together. This makes the cabinet very strong, without joints that may break or blow apart in the event of high heat or even explosion within the cabinet itself. Another key safety features is the spill guard at the bottom of the cabinet. This is an extra piece of metal that protects the bottom two inches of the door from leaking any chemicals or liquids that may accidently spill. This leak prevention saves possible fire issues with the surfaces around the cabinet. Another key safety features is that all models of flammable storage cabinets have locking doors. Since these materials are hazardous, having the locking option means that it is very simple to restrict access and prevent accidental use of potentially dangerous, flammable or corrosive liquids or substances. Where should flammable storage cabinets be positioned in a facility? There are several options for placing flammable storage cabinets in a hospital or healthcare facility. They should be located in a place with adequate ventilation, ideally under a fume hood or even a window. They should not be placed in areas with very restricted air flow as this can lead to problems if there is an accidental spill and fumes build up in and around the cabinet. Flammable storage cabinets should also not be placed under, over or beside a direct heat source. This may include a vent, direct sunlight or any type of electrical heating device.

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