If you are designing a new laboratory space, there are numerous decisions you must make regarding design, furniture, and function, such as new laboratory cabinets and countertops. Information about fire resistant lab cabinets will likely come up during your design research. If you are unsure if your lab needs this type of cabinetry and to learn more about flammable laboratory cabinets keep reading.
What is a flammable storage cabinet?
A flammable storage cabinet is a cabinet constructed with materials that can withstand fire and heat, usually built of steel with double walled construction. The materials inside of these cabinets are protected from the effects of the fire and to keep them from contributing to a fire. For some purposes, flammable lab cabinets are a requirement of specific building and lab safety codes.
When is a flammable storage cabinet necessary?
Fire resistant laboratory cabinets are required for storing explosives, hazardous materials, combustibles, corrosives, aerosols, pesticides, flammables, as well as other substances or chemicals that may exacerbate, cause, or become dangerous during a fire. There are specific guidelines that must be followed on flammable liquids and can be found on the OSHA website.
Fireproof lab cabinets can also be helpful for protecting important documents, proprietary formulas, and other important items, keeping them protected from fire should the unexpected occur in your laboratory.
What is the cost associated with fireproof laboratory cabinets?
The cost highly depends on the size and construction, as well as the features of the cabinet, like locking capabilities and warning labels. Moreover, your space and design are also a factor in the cost if you purchase custom-built cabinetry. Another important factor to consider is how many lab cabinets your lab will require. It is important to learn OSHA regulations to determine the minimum number of fire resistant cabinets your lab needs.
If you have any questions about flammable laboratory cabinets or need help determining if you are required to have them in your lab, contact us today.