As a business owner, there is one thing you never want to see: an OSHA citation. Even worse, someone getting injured as a result of not following the OSHA regulations for paint storage cabinets.
The OSHA paint codes are found within Standard 1926.106 and 1926.152. Most industrial paints classify as Class II Combustible Liquids, but other industrial paint shop chemicals like acetone belong in more tightly controlled categories. Due to the differences, it is imperative for your business to know how the paint storage cabinets you use are classified, to avoid run ins with the OSHA code. Beyond this, the National Fire Prevention Association also has industry guidelines used to keep equipment used for hazardous material handling up to a high standard.
All of this regulation can seem costly and complicated, especially with everything else that goes into running a commercial business. But what is the alternative?
The unfortunate case study of Fox Valley Systems shows what can happen when regulations are ignored. On March 6th, 2013
, three employees at the Cary, Illinois aerosol paint factory were seriously injured in a chemical deflagration. As a result, the company received 26 OSHA violations, totaling $262,000. Many of these serious and willful violations were general bad business practices, such as obstructing doorways. Yet, a good deal of them were direct violation of the requirements for paint storage cabinets.
Here are the Industrial Paint Shop regulations that were broken (OSHA Standard 1926.106 and 1926.152) and what it consequently cost them:
First of all, the company failed to provide adequate drainage for storage tanks containing Toluene, Acetone, and Lactol.
Non-Compliance Penalty Cost: $2,000
Because the lock on a fireproof cabinet for paint was broken, the company received a violation that could have easily been prevented.
Non-Compliance Penalty Cost: $2,800
A $5,600 charge was levied, due to the room failing to meet the requirements for industrial chemical handling. In addition, the space did not meet any of the drainage, spill containment, or electrical safety standards set forth by OSHA Standards. They also exceeded the maximum storage space for flammable and combustible liquids, with a 10,000 square foot room. The maximum square footage for fire safe industrial paint storage: 500- hence the steep penalty.
Non-Compliance Penalty Cost: $5,600
In addition to the above, the electrical wiring in the indoor storage was not approved for use in hazardous locations.
Non-Compliance Penalty Cost: $2,800
You can find the full text of the OSHA regulations for flammable and combustible liquids below and the full write up on the OSHA violations at Fox Valley Systems here. While it may seem onerous and complicated to follow all of these rules, the cost of the penalties and potential injury to your employees and property is a greater burden.
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