Question: I ordered a flammable storage cabinet for class 1 & 2 flammables that came on a pallet. Can I keep the cabinet on the pallet?
Answer: You should never place a flammable storage cabinet on a wooden pallet nor should the cabinet be near any wooden materials.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says that there must be a “clear zone” around “buildings and unit operating areas…free of weeds, trash, or other unnecessary combustible materials” [29 CFR 1910.106(e)(9)(iv)].
Because pallets are made of wood, they’re combustible and aren’t “necessary” to the function of the cabinet.
Flammable storage cabinets are not designed to be kept on wooden shipping pallets. Pallets are not flat, level surfaces and they often get damaged in transit.
There might be some cases, however, where you need or want a raised unit (e.g. easy wash downs or increased sump capacity). For these situations, you can choose a High-Rise Flammable Safety Cabinet or a flammable safety cabinet sump.
But you should either place cabinets directly on the floor or on a sturdy, noncombustible platform with a back frame to prevent the cabinet from falling.
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