Toxic and hazardous both warn us of the substances that carry potential risk of harm. However, it is important that you know the difference to ensure proper chemical storage and safety in the workplace.
Often, these terms are confused and used without actual consideration to their effects. A toxic substance is usually the one that is poisonous and therefore causes health effects. Toxicity is the degree to which a substance can be harmful to a person. The higher the level of toxicity, the more likely that the effects could be fatal.
Hazardous materials on the other hand aren’t necessarily toxic. A hazardous substance is any substance which carries some form of danger. This includes toxic chemicals, but can also include materials which are flammable, explosive or oxidised.
Chemical Storage Solutions
When storing these solutions, you need cabinets that are not only durable, but that can’t easily be accessed by the public. Steel storage often offers a safe and sturdy place to keep chemicals. When doing so though it is important to make sure that you follow some simple storage steps:
- Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines
- Ensure that all plastic containers aren’t prone to leaking, especially when a range of chemicals is being stored
- Always store the minimum amount of solution needed. Having an abundance of dangerous substances around is never advised
- Avoid overfilling containers
- Have in place a plan of action in case of an emergency leak or fire
- Have first aid supplies in close proximity in case of an accident
It is also important to note that any hazardous chemicals that could result in a fire or explosion should be stored in compliance with the Dangerous Substance and Explosive Atmospheres Regulation 2003.
How Steel Storage Cabinets Can Help
Hazardous Storage Cabinets are perfectly designed for protecting people from coming into contact with dangerous chemicals. Not only are they labelled, but they have integrated shelves that help to combat a risk of contamination through leaks or spillages. Generally hazardous cabinets come in shades of yellow to promote an association that warns people of danger.
Toxic Storage Cabinets go through a process of labelling; warning people of the risks the substances inside carry. In addition, these cabinets often come with a two-point locking system and a similar sum base tray for the occasional spill. These storage cabinets are usually coloured in red to warn people of the associated dangers inside.
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