Dangerous goods storage cabinets are a required fact of life for any workspace that deals with hazardous materials. Whether it is for temporary or long-term storage, safety cabinets are very much necessary.

If you don’t have the proper safety cabinet, you expose yourself to all kinds of disastrous consequences courtesy of whatever hazardous materials you are storing. Proper safety cabinet size can be critical for safely securing your dangerous goods.

What are Dangerous Goods?

Dangerous goods are any kind of substance that can negatively impact or impair property, people, or the environment. These can be in any form including solids, liquids, and gases. Whether you’re storing chemicals, pesticides, or another dangerous material, you need to make sure you safely store your dangerous goods. However, when you are in the market for a safety cabinet, you quickly realize that there are a lot of options as far as size goes, so how do you select the correct size?

Here are some tips to help you determine the correct safety cabinet size for your space:

  • Consider how prominent you want the cabinet to be in your space.

Depending on your business, the overall aesthetic of your workspace can be a major factor in this decision. Is it an issue if your safety cabinet juts out and is an obvious part of the room? If it is, you might consider purchasing a smaller sized safety cabinet.

Another thing to keep in mind is where it will be located in your workspace. You will be restricted to the space that you are working with, so make sure that the cabinet you choose will fit in nicely and not have to be awkwardly stuck in the middle of your space where it can create other safety hazards such as trips or falls.

  • Check the local size requirements.

Some cities will have specific rules and regulations that determine the necessary size of a dangerous goods safety cabinet. These size requirements could be based off the specific risk level of the material being stored as well as the property it is being stored in.

  • Consider what you will be storing in your safety cabinet.

The hazardous material you are storing will definitely have an impact on the space you need in your safety cabinet; different intended uses can change the type of safety cabinet you need. For example, different materials take up different amounts of space. Another example is that some materials need to be kept a certain distance apart from each other.

You should also keep in mind the quantity of the material you will be storing. You should opt for a larger safety cabinet if you know your space will need to store a significant amount of hazardous materials. However, if you deal with a variety of hazardous materials, you should see if separate storage cabinets will be required for materials that need to be kept apart.

What Type of Safety Cabinet Do I Need?

There are a lot of safety cabinets out there on the market, but the key is to find a high quality, durable cabinet that has the proper protection your space needs. SEPMAR manufactures a variety of safety cabinets, including:

  • Flammable Cabinet
  • Corrosive Cabinet
  • Toxic Cabinet
  • Oxidising Cabinet
  • Organic Peroxide
  • Pesticide

Each of these cabinets is coated in chemical resistant paint for their respective chemicals. While most businesses do not deal with too many different types of chemicals, ones that do should take care to keep the dangerous goods safely separated in order to protect the property, the environment, and the people around the chemicals.

SEPMAR’s cabinet design features double opening doors with a unique range of motion where they are free to move 180 degrees around to open without any restriction, which gives you easy access to the shelves. This ability to slide the shelves easily in and out can save you a lot of frustration later, as opposed to dealing with a cabinet where you have to struggle to handle the shelves. If you are still having trouble with selecting the correct cabinet size for your space, consider contacting a dangerous goods consultant to help keep your workplace safe.