Storage of Paints, Thinners and other Dangerous Goods

Our Safety Guru says ...

Dangerous substances present a variety of physical and chemical hazards. They are classified according to the nature of the hazard they present by placement in one of 9 Classes, based on the United Nations Recommendations. Where the dangerous substance has a hazard of more than one Class, it may be given a Class and a subsidiary risk. Dangerous substances of Classes 3, 4, 5, 6.1 and 8 have been assigned to one of three categories (Packaging Groups) according to the degree of danger they present, ie.

•  Great danger - Packaging Group I Flash Point -
•  Medium danger - Packaging Group II Flash Point < 23C
•  Minor danger - Packaging Group III Flash Point between 23 - 61C

For example many paints and thinners are considered Dangerous Goods Class 3 (Flammable liquids). You must check the MSDS sheet for each product in your facility to see what DG Class and Packaging Group it belongs to. The greater the degree of danger, the more stringent the packaging requirement for the substance. Where a substance is assigned to a Packaging Group, this is listed in the Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail (The ADG Code).

For requirements of paints, varnishes, enamels, lacquers, adhesives, polishes and other viscous flammable substances consult ‘The ADG Code’. Depending on the quantity of dangerous goods you have stored in your facility, we strongly recommend the use of appropriate storage and signage as required by these regulations. Click here for a range of storage, handling and signage solutions from Bronson Safety.

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