• Customer Questions: Where Can You Put A Flammable Cabinet
  • Karen

    Karen D. Hamel, CSP, WACH, is a regulatory compliance professional, trainer and technical writer for New Pig. She has more than 22 years of experience helping EHS professionals find solutions to meet EPA, OSHA and DOT regulations and has had more than 100 articles published on a variety of EHS topics. Karen is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder (WACH), Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trainer and hazmat technician. She also serves on the Blair County, Pa., LEPC and has completed a variety of environmental, safety, emergency response, DOT and NIMS courses, including Planning Section Chief. She has conducted seminars at national conferences and webinars for ASSE and other national organizations. She can be reached at 1-800-HOT-HOGS (468-4647) or by email karenea@newpig.com.

  • Heath Mardissays:
    01/29/2018 at 8:31 am Reply

    My question is…
    Is it okay to place a flammable cabinet under a shelf or any other structure for that matter? Or is there any minimum clearance required above a flammable cabinet?

    • Brittanysays:
      02/02/2018 at 4:24 pm Reply

      Hi Heath, thanks for your comment!

      Yes, flammable storage cabinets can be placed under shelves and countertops, such as these undercounter flammable safety cabinets. In fact, many are specifically designed to be placed in those locations. There are no general requirements for clearance around a cabinet unless incompatible or unstable liquids are being stored.

      Hope this information helps!

  • Heidisays:
    03/06/2018 at 12:58 pm Reply

    My question….how far from an electrical outlet shall a flammable cabinet be placed? We have 2 that are actually covering in use outlets. That seems like a huge risk to me. They won’t move unless I can cite a regulation stating this is unacceptable.

    • Karensays:
      03/08/2018 at 11:01 am Reply

      Hello Heidi, thanks so much for your question.

      You are correct in thinking that placing flammable storage cabinets near electrical outlets presents a safety risk and that regulations should prohibit this practice. In addition to codes and standards that apply to specific processes and operations, a regulation that generally applies to any facility that uses, handles, processes, stores or otherwise handles flammable liquids is OSHA’s flammable liquids regulation (29 CFR 1910.106). Specifically, 29 CFR 1910.106(e)(6)(i) states:

      Adequate precautions shall be taken to prevent the ignition of flammable vapors. Sources of ignition include but are not limited to open flames; lightning; smoking; cutting and welding; hot surfaces; frictional heat; static, electrical, and mechanical sparks; spontaneous ignition, including heat-producing chemical reactions; and radiant heat.

      More specific electrical requirements are spelled out in 29 CFR 1910.106(e)(7) for certain environments as well as classes of flammable liquids and vapors. Appropriate distances from electrical equipment – including outlets – can be anywhere from 5 to 25 feet, depending upon the types of liquids being stored and mechanical ventilation that is present in the area.

      National Electrical Code (NEC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Codes may also apply to this situation. Some of these standards have been incorporated into the federal OSHA regulations by reference. Others are consensus standards that include best management practices that are used by a variety of different industries to help improve safety in their facilities.

      Hope this information helps!

      If you have any other questions, please let us know.


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