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Safety & Storage Cabinets

Justrite's Safety Cabinets store flammable liquids, corrosives, pesticides and other hazardous materials. All fire-resistant safety cabinets by Justrite meet fire codes and safety regulations. To help protect your people and facility from a potential fire, Justrite safety cabinets are engineered to safely contain flammable fuels, solvents, and chemicals.
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FAQ about Safety & Storage Cabinets
Why are these cabinets needed?
The NFPA and the IFC have adopted regulations that specify how to properly store hazardous materials. Justrite’s commitment to safety, by providing products in sync with evolving industry demands, led us to create products for our customers to maintain compliance with applicable regulations. An industry first, Justrite’s hazardous material safety cabinets comply with NFPA 1 Fire Code and IFC regulations concerning the storage of hazardous materials.
Do I need self-closing cabinet?
Flammable liquid safety cabinets self-close requirement depends on your state's fire code. Hazardous material safety cabinets are required to be self-closed everywhere. As a best practice all safety cabinet should be self-close.
Do I have to store my paints and inks in a red cabinet?
Any flammable liquids safety cabinet we sell is approved for flammable and/or combustible liquids storage. The red cabinets are ideal for approved smaller containers such as paint cans because they come with an extra shelf. Our classic yellow cabinets can be purchased with an extra shelf if you want to store gallon paint cans efficiently.
Does my safety cabinet need to be grounded?
It is necessary to ground a safety cabinet if you are dispensing liquids from container(s) inside the cabinet, and the potential of an ignitable vapor is possible. This is not to preclude one from grounding all cabinets as a best practice. Please see our TechTALK on Safety Cabinet Grounding for further information.
How do I vent a safety cabinet?
Please see our TechTALK on Safety Cabinet Venting
Do you have any performance data on your seismic bracket?
No, we do not have data on the seismic resistance of our seismic bracket when used to anchor safety cabinets to floor or wall applications. It is our intent that the end user, or the end user’s qualified engineer, evaluates this product for use in the end user's particular application. Evaluations vary widely based on building construction and code requirements. Upon request, we will supply your engineer with a structural data kit on the individual components used in the seismic bracket for their evaluation.
Will my modification void the FM Approval and Justrite warranty to a safety cabinet or safety can?
Modifications to any FM Approved products void the approval of that product and the Justrite warranty. The modification falls outside the evaluation for the approval and FM's quality assurance program. Modifications can make a safety product unsafe.
How do I determine the maximum amount of flammable and combustible liquids I can store?
This is a complex subject and requires intimate building information. Unfortunately, for us to discuss the MAQs (maximum allowable quantities) in a control area without a clear understanding of occupancy, special occupancy, control areas, construction of control areas, sprinkler systems, fire doors etc., would be out of context and a disservice to you. Visit NFPA 30 at: NFPA 30 Online Catalog or consult your local authority having jurisdiction for specific guidance on MAQs in your building's area.
Can I leave my containers in boxes and store them in a safety cabinet?
This question is asked a lot. There is nothing in writing to preclude you from having boxes, papers, etc., in a safety cabinet, but we discourage it. This is an area of best practice not addressed by the law. The standards to which a cabinet is tested limit the internal temperature from exceeding 325°F (163ºC) for 10 minutes in a fire test. This is a conservative temperature below the auto ignition temperatures of the liquids being stored. It makes sense that packaging, such as boxes, are made of materials with auto ignition temperatures higher than the 325°F (163ºC) too. But, what can be dangerous is if those boxes become soiled with residues of the flammable liquids which in turn give off harmful, ignitable, or hazardous vapors. Additionally, it is important to avoid storing materials and combinations of material that can spontaneously combust and create fire inside the cabinet, like oily rags and incompatible materials. Our vote is on the side of best practice, safety, and of tidy housekeeping. We have heard of OSHA inspectors frowning on this practice even in the absence of law.
Can I store nitric acid in a safety cabinet?
Yes, nitric acid should be stored in a hazardous material cabinet with the label identifying "hazard" inside. Nitric acid is not only an acid, but an oxidizer as well. When storing nitric acid, or any corrosives in a cabinet, take special care to neutralize and clean up spills promptly. Use approved containers that are safe closed containers. Containers of nitric acid, or any corrosives, need to be cleaned of residue, and may need to be resealed.
Do I need to keep a safety cabinet up against the wall?
No, our cabinets have been tested and approved as freestanding and can be used in that manner.
Why can I not store 45 gallons in my 45-gallon cabinet?
The actual loading of the cabinet depends on the size and shape of the containers you are using, and no uniform industry standard exists. But as an example, a 45-gallon Justrite safety cabinet holds nine (9) 5-gallon safety cans.
How many piggyback safety cabinets can I stack?
We recommend one piggyback tall.
Are safety cabinets required to have their bung plugs installed?
Yes, it is required to keep the bung caps tightly in place, unless venting. Please reference the TechTALK on Safety Cabinet Venting for further information.
How many gallons will your safety cabinet’s sump hold?
The specifications on a safety cabinet sump state it has to be 2" deep and watertight. The volume varies on the width and depth of cabinets. Minimum volume is not addressed anywhere in the regulations. The sump gives a safe visual indication of a leak issue before it spreads outside the cabinet and becomes a bigger problem.
What types of chemicals should be stored in these cabinets?
These cabinets are intended to store corrosive solids and liquids, flammable solids, organic peroxide formulations, oxidizer solids and liquids, pyrophoric solids and liquids, toxic or highly toxic solids and liquids, unstable (reactive) solids or liquids, and water-reactive solids or liquids. Always ensure that incompatible materials are stored in separate cabinets, and consult your local code authority for any other items in question.

Hazardous Material Storage Cabinet - FAQs

Designed in accordance with the latest NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) and IFC (International Fire Code) standards, Justrite’s exclusive hazardous material safety cabinets ensure full regulatory compliance when storing hazardous materials. The improper use and storage of hazardous materials can be a source of fires, explosions, corrosion, toxicity, and contamination accidents. Taking proactive measures to prevent an accident is the best approach, and it begins by using the correct storage equipment, handling techniques, and compliant labelling.

  • Why are these cabinets needed?

    The NFPA and the IFC have adopted regulations that specify how to properly store hazardous materials. Justrite’s commitment to safety, by providing products in sync with evolving industry demands, led us to create products for our customers to maintain compliance with applicable regulations. An industry first, Justrite’s hazardous material safety cabinets comply with NFPA 1 Fire Code and IFC regulations concerning the storage of hazardous materials. For more details surrounding these requirements, see our TechTALK, Hazardous Material Safety Cabinets – The Regs.

  • Why haven’t I heard about this yet?

    Laws such as those driving these requirements are typically enforced once the jurisdictional authorities become aware of them. This takes time. Your local jurisdiction may not be fully aware and/or enforce the latest edition of these regulations yet.  Best safety practices follow a proactive, rather than reactive, approach to compliant hazardous material storage.

  • What types of chemicals should be stored in these cabinets?

    These cabinets are intended to store corrosive solids and liquids, flammable solids, organic peroxide formulations, oxidizer solids and liquids, pyrophoric solids and liquids, toxic or highly toxic solids and liquids, unstable (reactive) solids or liquids, and water-reactive solids or liquids. Always ensure that incompatible materials are stored in separate cabinets, and consult your local code authority for any other items in question.

  • What types of chemicals SHOULD NOT be stored in these cabinets?

    Do not use hazardous material cabinets to store pressurized gas cylinders, cryogenic fluids, or flammable and combustible liquids. For more information on these restricted hazardous material categories, please see NFPA 55 Compressed Gases and Cryogenic Fluids Code, and NFPA 30 Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code. Please consult your local code authority for any other items in question.

  • What if I have a hazardous liquid that is also flammable?

    Recognized protocol takes flammable liquid hazard as precedence in the hierarchy of other hazards. In these cases, store the flammable liquid in one of Justrite’s many varieties of flammable safety cabinets, i.e., our yellow safety cabinets.  If harsh corrosives are a concern, then the end user has the option of purchasing a polyethylene tray for the shelf to protect against spills.

  • How are these cabinets different from the current Justrite steel acid cabinets?

    The physical construction of the hazardous material safety cabinet is similar to Justrite’s current flammable or corrosive (acid) cabinets, including 18-gauge double walled steel with 1.5-inch of insulating air space, 2-inch leakproof sump, and dual vents with flame arresters. The first difference is that the regulations require hazardous material cabinets to have self-closing doors. As a result, manual style doors are not an option in this group. The other difference is in the labeling of the cabinet. Also mandated by code, each cabinet comes with a HAZARDOUS - KEEP FIRE AWAY Haz-Alert™ warning label affixed prominently on the front door of the cabinet. The reflective material is highly visible in fire conditions when illuminated with a flashlight. The second set of labels, while not required by code, provide critical “Right to Know” information for those that come in contact with the cabinet.

    Intended to store specific classifications of hazardous materials, the cabinets come with “Acid” and “Base” labels along with eight distinct hazardous material classification labels, including: Pyrophoric, Oxidizer, Self-Reactive, Toxic, Water-Reactive, Corrosive, Flammable Solid, and Organic Peroxide. Designed using pictograms and elements from the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), these labels are included in the packaging, and the customer can select and apply the most appropriate label(s) for their application. They serve a dual purpose in helping the end user properly store and segregate incompatible chemicals, and in the event of an emergency, warn individuals and first responders to heed caution in the proximity of the cabinet.

  • Will I still be able to purchase the blue acid cabinets currently offered by Justrite?

    The existing acid cabinets are available for purchase, but please check with your authority having jurisdiction and / or insurance company to determine the model cabinet for your application that best complies with the local codes and regulations in your particular jurisdiction

  • What happens with all the blue steel acid cabinets that I currently own?

    Local authorities can grandfather in the current acid cabinets, although it is important to check with your AHJ to be sure.  The physical construction of the new hazardous material safety cabinet is similar to Justrite’s current flammable or corrosive (acid) cabinets. But because the new codes require these cabinets to have self-closing doors, existing acid cabinets that don’t have self-closing doors may be subject to additional scrutiny. Aside from the construction and color, the most noticeable difference is in the labeling of the cabinet with the use of a HAZARDOUS – KEEP FIRE AWAY label.

    To ensure your acid safety cabinets are in full regulatory compliance for hazardous materials, you may purchase from your Justrite distributor a separate retrofit pack of hazardous material labels (Justrite Model number 29017), which includes a HAZARDOUS - KEEP FIRE AWAY label, and a pack of ten hazardous material classification labels including: Acid and Base labels; Pyrophoric, Oxidizer, Self-Reactive, Toxic, Water-Reactive, Corrosive, Flammable Solid, and Organic Peroxide labels. A Lithium-Ion Battery classification label (Justrite Model number 29018) is also available.

    References: NFPA 1, NFPA 400, and IFC

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