When it comes to storing flammable or combustible liquids outside there are several things you need to think about. Firstly, you need to consider what the requirements are under the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substance) Regulations 2017.
A couple of key considerations include:
- Establish a hazardous substances location if you’re holding more than threshold quantities outlined in Table 4 of Schedule 9.
- Ensure the substances are secured so only authorised persons are permitted access.
- Ensure there are no ignition sources or incompatible substances nearby.
- Put in place secondary containment if the aggregate quantity of class 3 liquids exceeds the threshold limits set out in Table 9 of Schedule 9.
- Ensure your location has a current compliance certificate.
A cost-effective approach is to use a modified shipping container. Our new HazBox™ Outdoor Flammable Storage Containers are purpose built for the storage of flammable liquids. They meet the requirements of a “Type B” storage unit being constructed of non-combustible material and part of a secondary containment system. In addition, they are manufactured to meet the requirements of AS1940:2017 “The Storage and Handling of Flammable and Combustible Liquids”. Storage units are available in 6’ (STHB1830), 8’ (STHB2440), 10’ (STHB3050) and 20’ (STHB6010) models.
All HazBox™ models come with a heavy-duty grid floor and a built-in containment to capture spills and leaks. A butterfly tap drain on the outside allows for easy emptying of liquids spills. The doors have an internal emergency release and can be secured with a padlock. Ventilation is placed high and low on two sides to ensure hazardous vapours don’t build up.
Once you’ve chosen the correct model for your needs, you’ll also want to consider the following:
- Signage – your flammable liquid storage unit needs to have the correct hazard diamond and “Danger – No Smoking, No Naked Flames” sign.
- Training – anyone coming in contact with hazardous substances needs to be adequately trained on the hazardous they present and how safely to store, handle and respond in an emergency, including the correct use of PPE and emergency response equipment
- Placement – Where you put your flammable liquids store is important as you need to ensure there is enough separation from boundaries, protected places and incompatible substances.
If it’s all starting to sound a bit daunting, don’t worry. Simply speak to one of our technical experts and we’ll help you walk through everything you need to know to ensure you meet your compliance requirements.
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