Smell something weird? Find out when you should vent your dangerous goods safety cabinet.
When working with dangerous goods not only is it important that you have the safest possible storage solution in place but also the appropriate storage maintenance procedures in place.
In order to meet the requirements of Australian Standards, indoor safety cabinets should include a venting port built into each side of them. These vents are important to avoid unprepared personnel being exposed to harmful substances which could lead to a variety of health problems. These can include nausea, headaches, vomiting, asphyxiation and diziness.
Three examples of when you should vent your safety cabinet:
- If the cabinet has highly flammable liquids stored in them.
- If you can smell strong vapours when opening the cabinet.
- You haven't regularly vented your safety cabinet.
A cabinet could be vented to an open space that has good ventilation e.g. a large workshop, an outdoor workplace ect. Check with your supplier that your cabinet has spark arrestors fitted in the venting ports. Spark arrestors prevent sparks or flames accessing the cabinet once the bungs are removed.
If the cabinet is located in a confined space you may wish to vent to the outside atmosphere, making sure its definently not close to an ignition source.
Regularly venting a safety cabinet is a simple and effective exercise to ensure good housekeeping, storage longevity and to protect workers and the environment from potential harm.
For more information on safety cabinets and their maintanence, please contact us.