Frequently Asked Questions

Storing Dangerous Goods

AS1940-2017 outlines a range of compliant storage solutions for flammable liquids. Due to their safe and practical design most organisations use:

The storage requirements for flammable liquids depend on whether they will be stored indoors or outdoors. Segregation of flammable liquids from other classes of chemicals, particularly corrosive substances, is vital for safe storage. See this article for comprehensive information on storing flammable liquids, and get our free guide to chemical segregation here.

A flash point is the lowest temperature of a flammable liquid at which its vapours will ignite (if given an ignition source). Flammable fuels will usually emit vapour as the temperature increases and they become more gaseous. The flash point is the point at which there will be sufficient vapour for the substance to ignite.

It’s important to become familiar with flash points to avoid costly and dangerous incidents. See this article for examples of common flammable liquids and their flash points.

The Globally Harmonised System (GHS) is a globally-recognised system created by the UN for the classification and labelling of hazardous chemicals.

The GHS has been mandatory in Australia since the 1st of January 2017, for all newly produced or imported products. This means you must use GHS compliant labelling on primary and secondary packaging, and safety data sheets (SDS).

Read more about the GHS and actions you’re required to take here.

Depending on the contents of the gas cylinder, storage must be regulated carefully. All gas cylinders should be handled, transported and stored as if full, as there is almost always gas remaining at the bottom of every cylinder. Hazardous gases must be stored in temperature-controlled and well ventilated spaces.

STOREMASTA manufacture a range of storage solutions for gas cylinders, as well as a transportable gas bottle trolley.

If you’re storing any Class 3 Flammable Liquids, you’ll need specially crafted cabinets to safely and compliantly store them (as per AS1940-2017). See this article for more information.

It’s quite common for workplaces to hold at least a small amount of flammable liquids on site. Even if these flammable liquids are stored in small quantities, they can easily ignite and cause significant damage. However, AS1940 states that a cabinet is not required if the quantity of flammable liquids is classified as “minor storage.” This article will help here.

Corrosive substances are volatile substances that destroy body tissue as soon as they make contact with exposed skin, eyes, respiratory tract, making the safe storage of such substances crucial.

Common corrosives include hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, sodium hydroxide, potassium hydroxide, nitric acid, chromic acid, acetic acid and hydrofluoric acid; all of which can cause significant damage if mishandled or stored incorrectly. See our range of safe storage containers for corrosive materials here.

Our Dangerous Goods Compliance Audits are an end-to-end assessment of your compliance with all Australian dangerous goods standards. They include:

  • An initial consultation.
  • An on-site audit to identify any risks associated with your current dangerous goods storage and handling activity.
  • A report developed by a STOREMASTA Dangerous Goods Adviser, outlining all risks and infringements.
  • An implementation plan of clear action points needed to establish compliance.

To ensure that all changes have been actioned and your compliance is within Australian standards, a Dangerous Goods Adviser will return to evaluate the site.

Violent reactions occur when two or more incompatible chemicals are stored together. Effectively segregating dangerous goods is essential for preventing devastating accidents. Download our free guide on segregating the 9 dangerous goods classes for chemical-specific information.

Each of our cabinets has different features depending on the dangerous goods class which it will store. Key features are outlined below. Australian Standards provide different specifications for indoor and outdoor storage facilities, depending on the class of dangerous good.

Required features of an indoor storage cabinet include:

  • double walled sheet steel construction.
  • self-closing, close fitting doors.
  • capacity no greater than 250L (excluding flammable goods and corrosives).
  • no natural ventilation, but the provision for mechanical ventilation.
  • spill containment sump in the base of the cabinet, at least 150mm deep.

Outdoor dangerous goods storage facilities (detached stores) are more sturdy and designed to withstand the outdoor environments. Required features of a detached store include:

  • corrosive resistant coating.
  • heavier duty construction.
  • larger capacities (eg. 32,000L).
  • natural ventilation (to keep dangerous vapours at a safe level).
  • correct spillage containment capacity for the dangerous good being stored.

Find out more here.

The Australian Standards only allow using indoor storage cabinets in outdoor environments if “adequate protection against weather, corrosion and traffic damage is provided.”

Even though our indoor dangerous goods storage cabinets have been manufactured to a high standard, we do not recommend using them in outdoor environments.

Our outdoor dangerous goods stores are more heavy duty and provide superior protection against weather, corrosion and traffic damage. View these here.

All STOREMASTA PPE cabinets and indoor dangerous goods storage cabinets are fitted with a key-lockable L-handle.

STOREMASTA relocatable outdoor dangerous goods stores are fitted with ISO-locking bars that can be padlocked. These dangerous goods stores are not supplied with padlocks.

STOREMASTA gas cylinder stores are fitted with padbolts that can be padlocked. STOREMASTA doesn’t provide the padlocks.

The Australian Standard AS 1940:2017 states in Section 3.7:

Aerosols of Divisions 2.1 and 2.2 may be stored in a store for Class 3 dangerous goods if projectile protection (e.g. cages) is provided.

STOREMASTA’s flammable cabinets have self-closing doors and walls that provide projectile protection, so they can be used to store aerosols if they are categorised as either Class 2.1 or Class 2.2 Flammable Gases. However, please note that these Classes of Dangerous Goods are incompatible with each other, and they are also incompatible with Class 3 Flammable Liquids. Therefore, they must never be stored within the same cabinet.

As aerosols do not present any spill risk, they can also be stored in an aerosol storage cage that provides projectile protection. STOREMASTA manufacture a comprehensive range of aerosol storage cages.

Ordering STOREMASTA Products

Our headquarters and manufacturing facility is based in Burnie, Tasmania. However, we stock product nationally.

We do not currently ship internationally. However, we can arrange collection from our depots across Australia.

All indoor dangerous goods storage cabinets, gas cylinder stores and bunding are stocked in capital cities for next day dispatch. Large outdoor dangerous goods stores are made to order in 3-4 weeks.

Yes, we provide a 5 year warranty for all dangerous goods storage products. LINK TO WARRANTY STATEMENT AND REGISTRATION.

We accept credit card payments, EFT and we also provide trading accounts. There is a 1.77% surcharge for credit card payments.

STOREMASTA stock product in every Australian capital city and in New Zealand.

As part of our commitment to quality we provide a 5-year guarantee on all STOREMASTA products, provided that they have been used at all times, in the correct manner. If an item has been incorrectly supplied, received damaged or is faulty, simply follow the Returns Procedures detailed below.

STOREMASTA will arrange collection of the item(s) free of charge. Contact the STOREMASTA team on 1300 135 223 or support@storemasta.com.au and we will issue you with a Goods Return Form, explain the next steps and discuss the easiest and most convenient way for us to collect the product. Upon receipt of the item(s) we will inspect the product and if it is proved to be faulty or incorrectly supplied we will refund you for the full value within 30 days.

Most orders are shipped with either TNT or Mainfreight.
Once your order is dispatched you will receive a tracking number which can be tracked on the following links:
https://www.mainfreight.com/track https://www.tnt.com/express/en_au/site/shipping-tools/tracking.html

Yes, most our items arrive on a pallet and a forklift is required for unloading. If you do not have a forklift onsite, please contact STOREMASTA for a tailgate delivery price.

One the rare occasion that your delivery is delayed or damaged, please send your enquiry to enquiries@storemasta.com.au for urgent attention.

Depending on the situation an exchange or refund may be necessary.
To arrange this, please email enquiries@storemasta.com.au

Depending on the product, there may be special installation requirements.
For further information, please see our Knowledge Centre.

Yes, upon request STOREMASTA can provide a certificate of conformity for your purchase.
Please email enquiries@storemasta.com.au with your serial number (can be found inside your cabinet) to request your certificate.

Yes, STOREMASTA can provide spare parts if necessary, such as keys, handle kits and signage.

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