In recent years, it is becoming increasingly common to use Indoor Flammable Liquids Storage Cabinets for the storage of Flammable Liquids in the outdoor environments. The level of safety and environmental sustainability of this practice is controversial.
Throughout your working career, it is likely that you have used corrosives without being aware of their dangerous chemical properties. To define corrosive substances, you could call them:
“substances that degrade certain materials such as metal and stone, through complex chemical processes”
When using chemicals in the workplace or in your lab, it is very important that you store Class 3 Flammable Liquids and Class 8 Corrosive Substances in a way that minimises risk to people, property and equipment. The Australian Standards provide industry with excellent guidelines on how to store dangerous goods in a way that will be compliant to Australian Work Health and safety regulations.
What is an ignition source? ...and what risks do they impose in the work places?
An ignition source is an object that will provide enough heat energy to cause a flammable substance, being a liquid or other, to ignite and burn spontaneously.
When storing and handling chemicals and dangerous goods in the workplace, it is important that this is conducted in accordance to AS3833-2007 The Storage and Handling of Mixed Classes.
As AS3833-2007 outlines, Class 3 Flammable Liquids and Class 8 Corrosive Substances should not be stored together. Measure should be taken to ensure that chemicals of these two classes are not stored together as Class 3 Flammable liquids and Class 8 Corrosive substances are incompatible substances.
When these chemicals mix, they can react to form large quantities of gas. This gas can be toxic or flammable and can have dangerous implications upon people in the immediate area. If flammable gas develops, there is potential that the flammable gas could come into contact with an ignition source, which could cause an explosion or severe fire. If toxic gas is evolved and inhaled, it can have very severe effects upon human health including suffocation and burning of internal organs.