Safe Storage: Removing Danger
Chemicals are widely used across many industries and are essential for many processes including production, maintenance and cleaning. For example, in manufacturing many of our clients use chemicals for the treatment of surfaces, coatings and adhesives. Similarly in mining, chemicals are used for mineral extraction and processing. Whilst chemicals offer immense productivity benefits, it is crucial to ensure they are handled and stored safely to prevent harmful accidents. In this article we’re exploring the important role that storage cabinets and bunding can play in the storage of hazardous substances.
Why use hazardous storage cabinets?
Hazardous storage cabinets are specially designed to safely store and segregate dangerous goods. Australian standard compliant cabinets offer durable construction and can withstand the hazards posed by the stored goods. Cabinets include features including lockable doors, adjustable shelves, and adequate ventilation for optimal storage conditions. By utilising hazardous storage cabinets, the risks associated with storing flammable, corrosive, toxic, or reactive substances are significantly reduced.
Can I store different chemical classes together?
Sometimes – but in most cases, no. Segregating specific classes of dangerous goods is essential for their safe storage. Generally, different classes have distinct properties and require specific storage conditions. Segregation prevents incompatible substances from coming into contact with each other, reducing the likelihood of chemical reactions, spills, or fires.
The best way to reduce these risks is to ensure that storage areas are clearly labelled, with goods stored based on the differed classes of dangerous goods. Download a copy of our chemical segregation chart to help you determine which types of chemicals are compatible and which should be isolated and kept apart. Workers should be well trained and understand risks posed by various chemical classes onsite. It’s important to always consult the SDS before handling or storing any chemical.
The role of bunding in safe storage
Bunding also plays a crucial role in preventing spills from causing harm to people, property, and the environment. Bunding is a secondary containment system, which can capture a spill or leak, which can prevent it from spreading further. The use of bunding helps to minimise the risk of contamination, allowing easier clean up, protecting people and the surrounding environment.
If your organisation stores large volumes of liquids it’s important to have some form of bunding – particularly where drains are present, or if chemical storage areas are in close proximity to bodies of water. Popular types of bunding include:
Bunded spill pallets are specialised platforms which feature built-in containment walls to capture spills from containers such as liquid drums or intermediate bulk containers. They are compact, portable and relocatable via forklift.
Portable bunding refers to flexible or collapsible bunding solutions that can be quickly deployed or relocated as required. These are ideal for temporary storage or instances where extra mobility is required. Portable bunds can be set up to contain items such as equipment, vehicles and storage tanks to prevent the spread of spills.
Floor bunding is a popular drive over solution for large storage areas such as warehouses, workshops and laboratories. Floor bunding is available in various materials to suit various applications and traffic requirements.
Another type of bunding worth mentioning is a bund wall. These are large-scale containment structures which are usually made from concrete or steel, and are commonly found in bulk storage facilities to contain leaks or spills within the designated space.
Stratex is the hazardous storage specialist, and we supply a wide range of storage cabinets and bunding to improve environmental outcomes. We also provide free onsite consultations, taking the time to understand how work areas are used, what types of chemicals stored and any traffic requirements. Our experienced team can help to identify potential risks and develop tailored strategies to improve safety in your organisation. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.
EnviroPad Spill Mat – M10 (Medium) 90 x 69cm
The EnviroPad is a revolutionary spill pad that captures and solidifies hydrocarbon spills including oils, fuels and hydraulic fluids. By using smart polymer technology, the EnviroPad turns these liquids into solid rubber, preventing any contaminants from leaking or leaching into the environment – even under pressure.
The EnviroPad is not affected by heavy rain or water, reducing contaminated waste disposal costs. It is safe to use outdoors in all weather conditions, and can be carried or stored upright after use. Its non-leaching characteristics mean that the EnviroPad can be safely disposed of landfill (subject to local and state regulations).
- Unique smart polymer spill pad
- Solidifies oil and fuel so it can’t leak out
- No pools of oily rainwater
- No risk of overflowing
- Doesn’t need sidewalls or a liner
- Can be safely used outdoors and jet washed
- Just as effective with Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO)
- Instructions printed on the top
- Absorbs up to 10.5L of oil
Single IBC Bunded Spill Pallet, 1100L Sump (1600W x 1600L x 700H mm)
The Stratex Single IBC Bunded Spill Pallet provides a safe and efficient storage solution for hazardous liquids. A low 700mm working height helps to reduce risks during loading and unloading. It also features handy fork pockets for manoeuvrability. Stratex bunded spill pallets are constructed from high quality, durable and lightweight polyethylene. This bund offers superior chemical resistance and has a safe working load rating of 1350kg.
- This bund features a low height for ease of use (700mm)
- Stackable, space saving, innovative, protected design guarantees ultra-low delivery costs for multiple bunding units
- Generous working area (2.5m2) for one IBC or multiple small containers
- Fork pockets for easy movement (Remove IBC and empty spill pallet before moving)
- Optional clip-on dispensing units direct any spills while decanting into the sump, meaning liquids can be retrieved and reused saving time and money.
- All-weather covers for outdoor storage and sump plugs for drainage and spilled liquid recovery available.
- Dimensions: 700H x 1600W x 1600L mm. 1100L Sump.
2 Drum Bunded Spill Pallet, 220L Sump – 700W x 1350L x 450Hmm
The 2 Drum 205L Bunded Spill Pallet is designed to fit two x 205L drums. The one piece moulded units have removable grates for easy cleaning. The bund features a large 250 litre sump capacity, ensuring compliance with environmental compliance regulations. It also features easy forklift access points for easy portability.
4 Drum Bunded Spill Pallet, 240L Sump POLY11008Y4 Drum Bunded Spill Pallet, 240L Sump
Drum bunded spill pallets are designed to fit four 205 litre drums for safe and practical storage of hazardous liquids, oils, chemicals, batteries and more.
- 240 litre sump capacity complies with Australian regulations
- Forklift spaces compatible with most fork lifts and pallet trucks for easy manoeuvring.
- Lightweight, tough and durable polyethylene construction
- Superior chemical resistance
- Low bund working height provides ease of access
- Dimensions: 1300 x 1300 x 300mm
- 1250kg safe working load
Single IBC Hard Cover Unit (2265H x 1775W x 1770Dmm) – 1260L Sump
Hard Cover Units provide outdoor weather resistant storage for IBC tanks. Features double swing doors with three-point locking mechanism, integrated 2 litre platform spill tray and ample head space for IBC mixers, funnels and pumps.. Available to be moved with a forklift, this 100% polyethylene design will not rust or corrode, providing years of service under rigorous conditions.
- Size: 2265H x 1775W x 1770Dmm
- Sump Capacity: 1260L
- Integrated venting panels
- Roof designed for quick rainwater run-off to the rear
- Flat pack shipping
Class 3 Flammable Liquid Storage Cabinet – 250L
- Designed for the storage of class 3 flammable liquids such as paints, varnishes and liquids which emit a flammable vapour.
- Manufactured in Australia to be fully compliant with Australian Standards.
- High capacity liquid tight sump to contain spills
- Reliable smooth gentle hydraulic self-closing doors with adjustable closure rate
- Stainless steel pin continuous hinging for strength and reliability
- Strong fully adjustable shelving perforated for free air movement, 100mm adjustment increments
- State of the art powder coat finish for high durability and performance
- Built in flash arrestors and vent openings (for mechanical ventilation systems)
- Clear safety signs and directors
- Weight: 123KG
- Ext Size: 1750H x 1100W x 500D (mm)
- Int Size: 1503H x 1018W x 420D (mm)
- Max Capacity: 250L
- Shelves: 3 (including base level)
Megabund Floor Bunding, Per Metre (w/ Dynabolts) 25mmH x 150mmW
MegaBund Floor Bunding is a premium polyurethane extruded floor bunding for the containment of hazardous liquids. With excellent chemical resistance, MegaBund is a versatile chemical storage solution which can be used in a range of different applications. Flexible and low profile, the highly visibly yellow floor bunding is designed to reduce trip hazards and improve workplace safety, while being easily traversible by vehicles and forklifts.
Stay compliant with Australian Standards such as AS/NZS 3833:2007 and avoid EPA fines. The floor bunding is easy to cut into lengths to create a custom sized storage area, reducing cost and wastage.
MegaBund is easy and stress free to install; it is manufactured with pre-moulded points for dynabolts and minimum tools are required. 6 Dynabolts are included in the purchase of each floor bunding length. When purchasing tubes of Fulaprene Adhesive, we recommend approximately 1 tube of adhesive to 3 lengths of Megabund. Watch the video for a step-by-step guide.
Size: 25mmH x 150mmW x 1mL
Class 8 Corrosive Substance Storage Cabinet – 250L
Designed for the safe and secure storage of all corrosive substances which are present in almost every workplace. Class 8 substances can cause great damage to metal so all Class 8 cabinets come with polyethylene sump liners ensuring corrosion will not occur in the event of a spill.
:: Manufactured in Australia to be fully compliant with Australian Standards.
:: High capacity liquid tight sump to contain spills
:: Reliable smooth gentle hydraulic self-closing doors with adjustable closure rate
:: Stainless steel pin continuous hinging for strength and reliability
:: Strong fully adjustable shelving perforated for free air movement, 100mm adjustment increments
:: State of the art powder coat finish for high durability and performance
:: Built in flash arrestors and vent openings (for mechanical ventilation systems)
:: Clear safety signs and directors
:: Most cabinet types available in sizes from 30L-250L in capacity