Download a printable version here.
What are dangerous goods (DG)?
Dangerous goods include substances that have explosive, flammable, toxic, infectious, corrosive or environmentally hazardous properties, and containers that have held dangerous goods
For more information on common dangerous goods click here.
What are Outdoor DG Stores?
Many workplaces only carry small amounts of dangerous goods, which means they can be safely and compliantly stored indoors, in most cases within dedicated indoor storage cabinets. While larger amounts can be stored inside, this is often prohibitive as it mostly requires the construction of very costly, purpose-built, fire-rated rooms.
For most workplaces storing larger containers (200L drums, 1,000L IBC’s) or larger overall quantities, of dangerous goods, the most effective solution is to store them outdoors, in a dedicated DG Store.
What are the requirements of an Outdoor DG Store?
Within the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017, there are 4 types of stores where you can hold your dangerous goods, which in summary are:
- Type A: an external area, that is secured and designated for hazardous substances
- Type B: a framed building that is designated for hazardous substances, with non-combustible cladding and secondary containment
- Type C: a building designed for hazardous substances, with a fire resistance rating of 120/120/120 minutes
- Type D: a building designed for hazardous substances, with a fire resistance rating of 240/240/240 minutes, with a reinforced concrete roof
The Chemshed range of outdoor DG stores are classified as Type B, which suits the majority of situations across New Zealand worksites. Type C and D buildings may be required for high volumes of flammable liquids, particularly in cases where space is an issue, and the store is required to be in close proximity to a building or boundary.
Why do I need an Outdoor Store and what are the benefits?
An outdoor store is required in situations where the quantity of hazardous substances held onsite, is more than what can be safely stored within indoor storage cabinets.
Having an outdoor store can also benefit a business that wants to reduce risk or limit access to their substances and have them stored further away from production or operational areas.
What are the differences between an indoor store and outdoor store?
The main difference is their capacities. Taking Class 3 (flammable) substances for example, you can only store up to an aggregate of 250L within your indoor flammable cabinet, and the most you can have in one area or floor, is 750L – which equates to 3 x 250L cabinets.
An outdoor store can hold many times more than that. However, it is important to remember that the more you hold within your outdoor store, the further it has to be located from your building or site boundary.
Hazero’s range of Outdoor DG Goods Stores
The Chemshed range of Outdoor DG Stores provide well-engineered, secure, weather-proof storage which ensures compliance to the above-mentioned requirements, while protecting the environment. From specific stores for holding Agrichemicals, to rugged cage-style stores for gas bottles, we’ve got you covered. Then of course there’s the more general-purpose stores (from a tiny little 80L through to a whopping modular store), which are designed to hold a wide range of different DG’s outside.
Please consult the Hazero Dangerous Goods Segregation Chart for specific details.
Chemshed 20-Year Warranty
Storing dangerous goods is a demanding task but the strength and reliability of Chemshed cabinets, mean they are right up to it. To prove our confidence in them, they are backed up with a 20-year Warranty, which will give you the peace of mind that you are purchasing a solution that rises to the storage challenge, like none other. Find out more here.
Creating safer working environments
At Hazero our mission is zero hazards. Our extensive range of quality products will help you store, contain and control and clean-up dangerous goods and hazardous substances.
View our full range of Outdoor DG Stores here.
Need help creating a safer working environment? Contact our team today on 0800 688 844 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our team are also available for on-site assessments across New Zealand, click here to request a site visit.
Content above falls under the Hazero Disclaimer, for more information click here.