• Customer Questions: Can You Store A Flammable Cabinet On A Pallet
  • Brittany

    Brittany Svoboda is the Technical Content Administrator at New Pig, where she is responsible for creating and editing content to help customers comply with regulations, select the appropriate products for their applications, stay safe and protect their environments.

  • alwongsays:
    04/06/2017 at 3:03 pm Reply

    what about the location of flammable storage cabinets — I have found one in a corridor, and (to my mind) this is completely wrong, particularly since it is not far from an exit door. Is there OSHA (or NFPA) guidance on this? Thanks very much.

    • Karensays:
      04/11/2017 at 9:16 am Reply

      Hi there,

      Thanks for your comment. Because this cabinet is located near an exit door, let’s first look at OSHA’s general requirements for exit routes, emergency action plans and fire prevention plans [20 CFR 1910.37-.39]. Fire exit routes cannot be obstructed [29 CFR 1910.37(a)(3)] and they cannot become more narrow at any point. Depending upon where the cabinet is placed in the corridor, if someone is walking near the wall of that corridor and has to step around the cabinet to continue walking, that would make the exit route narrower where the cabinet is located and the cabinet would need to be removed. This is true of any item that someone may want to place in an exit route, not just a flammable storage cabinet.

      Exit routes are also required to be free of hazards. It could also reasonably be argued that putting a flammable cabinet in a corridor constitutes a hazard to anyone exiting. This can be subjective since the point of a flammable storage cabinet is to safeguard its contents, but it could still be argued that the flammables in the cabinet present a hazard and therefore would not be permitted in an exit route [29 CFR 1910.37(a)(2)].

      Next, let’s look specifically at OSHA’s flammable liquids regulations. Flammable storage cabinets cannot “limit the use of exits, stairways or other areas normally used for the safe egress of people” [29 CFR 1910.106(d)(5)(i)]. This citation echoes the formerly mentioned requirements for fire exit routes to be unobstructed.
      Moving on to consensus standards, NFPA 1 Fire Code and NFPA 101 Life Safety code both use identical verbiage that addresses this topic: “no furnishings, decorations, or other objects shall obstruct exits or their access thereto, egress therefrom, or visibility thereof” [NFPA 101: and NFPA 1:].

      If any of these conditions apply to the flammable storage cabinet in your exit corridor, it needs to be relocated to another area that is not along an exit route. When it doubt, your local fire marshal is a great resource for situations like this when you may not be quite sure if a regulation or standard applies.


  • Fernandosays:
    01/05/2018 at 8:12 am Reply

    We have multiple safety cabinets on site. A visitor commented that you are not allowed to store anything on top of a safety cabinet. Will this be right?

    • Karensays:
      02/02/2018 at 4:22 pm Reply

      Hi Fernando,

      At the federal level, OSHA does not have a regulation that specifically prohibits storing materials on the tops of safety cabinets. The closest requirement is 29 CFR 1910.106(e)(9)(iv) which requires a “clear zone” on the ground that is free of trash and combustible materials. There is also nothing specific in the NFPA 30 code that prohibits this practice.

      However, keeping the tops of safety cabinets free of materials – especially cardboard boxes and other combustible items – is a highly recognized best management practice that most companies follow. In fact, some flammable storage cabinet manufacturers even make a sloped cover that can be placed on top of the cabinets to prevent items from being stored on top of the cabinet and to make it easier to keep the top of the cabinets dust-free.

      In some states and municipalities, it may also be required by the authority having jurisdiction. This is typically a local fire marshal or code enforcement official.

      Hope this information help!

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