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Oil Drum Storage - How to Store Oil Drums Safely to Comply With OSHA Regulations

Written By Iniesta Estable on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 | 5:34 PM

Oil drums are a fact of life at your facility. But where to keep them all - safely? Read on for ways to store them safely and conveniently and stay on the good side of OSHA regulations too.

You can't just let them sit on the shop floor. And you certainly can't line them up along the walls. Not only will they get in the way, but there's a huge danger of spills and contamination. In fact, oil, as a flammable liquid, is a fire hazard as well.

So where should you keep those them all? In drum storage safety cabinets of course.

Drum storage safety cabinets have been designed specifically for the safe storage of oil drums -- as the name suggests. And if you choose to go that route, and you definitely should and are in fact required to do so by law, you can be assured that you won't have any problems with OSHA or Uniform Fire Code regulations.

And, of course, you'll also effectively protect your facility and your employees.

How to choose the right oil drum storage cabinets to protect your facility?

Obviously, not any old cabinets will do. Be sure to choose high quality cabinets from a reputable provider. Check that they meet OSHA requirements as well as UFC regulations.

Other marks of quality you should look for include construction of 18 gauge steel, double walls, vents with fire baffle and caps, and more. They should also have a bright color - usually yellow, and highly noticeable warning labels.

You can get those cabinets for either vertical or horizontal storage. Also look for extra shelf space for storing accessories and such, and especially for drum rollers, which make the handling of drums much easier -- and prevent accidents! You should also consider getting a ramp for the same reason, if you don't already have one.

Once you have your oil drum storage cabinets, be sure to use them. Keep your drums safely stored in your cabinets at all times, unless they're needed elsewhere in your facility.