If you're storing your touch-up paint and other flammables in a specially designed flammables cabinet, that’s great. However, don't defeat the purpose of the cabinet by improperly using it. Follow these basic rules to maintain safety at your facility:
Choose a safe location. Place the cabinet away from ignition sources, high lift truck traffic, intakes to the HVAC system, and fire exits.
Never store open containers. Flammables cabinets are designed to hold closed containers, only. They aren't designed with ventilation hoods for open containers.
Don't exceed the cabinet capacity. An overloaded cabinet can’t safely contain the flammables. For large amounts, use specially designed storage rooms that have controls to minimize risks of fire or explosion.
Isolate from flammables. Don't allow other departments to stack their paper file archives or spare fluorescent lamps near it.
Inspect and maintain. Clean up spills immediately. Add an integrity inspection to your PM system.
Keep doors closed. If people leave the doors open, padlock the doors and make them sign out a key.