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WHAT OSHA, NFPA, AND FM APPROVED MEAN TO THE SAFETY OF YOUR FACILITY

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Ask any facility or warehouse manager about their daily priorities and they will give you a long list of important responsibilities – material handling, equipment, inventory, shipping, distribution, maintenance, operations, personnel, and on and on. They will also likely tell you that none are more important than safety. Being responsible for the health and safety of dozens or hundreds of employees is a tall order, but fortunately there are resources available to help.


“When other people can bring it to your knowledge, it’s not just a benefit to you, it’s also possibly saving someone’s life.”

Aaron Blankenship, Facility Manager at Strong Hold

Agencies, governing bodies, and services like OSHA, NFPA, and FM Approvals can help guide your path to safety. While it might seem daunting, complying and working with these organizations is well worth the time. Aaron Blankenship, Plant Manager at Strong Hold, has been working with these agencies for a long time. “It can be scary to know that you’re responsible for someone’s safety, but not actually knowing all of the fine print and literature that is out there,” Aaron explained. “When other people can bring it to your knowledge, it’s not just a benefit to you, it’s also possibly saving someone’s life.”

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What is OSHA?

OSHA, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is a government agency that is part of the U.S. Department of Labor. According to the website, OSHA’s mission is to “ensure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education, and assistance.” In 2018, OSHA conducted over 70,000 federal and State Plan inspections. Their work with employers, safety professionals, and advocates have helped reduce work-related deaths by 63% since 1970.

Here are a few resources provided by OSHA:

What is NFPA and NFPA Code 30?

In the United States, a fire department responds to a fire every 24 seconds. The NFPA, or the National Fire Protection Association, is a codes and standards organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property, and economic loss from fires and other hazards. They cover a wide range of topics that keep facilities and personnel well-prepared in the case of an emergency. Some of the major areas of focus include detection and signaling, hazardous materials, electrical safety, fire suppression, storage commodities, and protective clothing and equipment.

NFPA Code 30 was developed by the NFPA and is currently enforced by OSHA to address safety measures related to flammable and combustible liquids. According to the NFPA and OSHA, a liquid is considered flammable if its flash point does not exceed 100°F, while a combustible liquid is one whose flash point is 100°F or higher. If a facility is storing things like diesel fuel, motor oil, kerosene, cleaning solvents, paints, aerosol spray cans, mineral oils, or other chemicals, NFPA Code 30 provides the guidelines for proper storage, handling, and use.

Here are a few resources provided by NFPA:

What is FM Approvals?

FM Approvals is a third-party testing and certification service that was founded by FM Global, a mutual insurance company that specializes in loss prevention, in 1886. FM Approvals conducts tests in their state-of-the-art laboratories on products and services used in commercial and industrial spaces. Products that bare the FM APPROVED certification mark have undergone and passed rigorous testing, ensuring that they can withstand the elements and effectively limit the spread of fire.

Here are a few resources provided by FM Approvals:

Three Birds, One Storage Cabinet

One way to ensure your facility is providing a safe work environment that reduces risk is to look for products that are certified by FM Approvals and meet OSHA and NFPA Code 30 standards. If you’re required to store flammable and combustible liquids, Strong Hold provides safety storage solutions that are intentionally designed to exceed those standards and last a lifetime. Our heavy-duty Flammable Safety Cabinet is all-welded and constructed from 14-gauge steel. It features heavy-duty doors with leaf hinges, 14-gauge galvanized shelves, forklift pockets, and an industry-leading warranty.

For more information about our safety products and other storage solutions, visit our products page or contact us today!

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A FLAMMABLE SAFETY CABINET YOU CAN DEPEND ON

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When it comes to choosing the right flammable safety cabinet, it’s critical to think about why flammable storage is important to you. Safety should always be the priority, but that shouldn’t mean that you have to compromise on convenience. As you shop around, it could be tempting to think, “aren’t all safety cabinets the same?” The simple answer is no. 

Expect More from Your Storage

Safety cabinets should be held to the same standard as any other storage solution built for the manufacturing world. After talking to customers and understanding their frustrations with safety products currently on the market, we decided there was a need for a safety line that lived up to the Strong Hold Standard. We combined heavy-duty steel with innovative design to provide a solution that won’t fail in your time of need—or any other day of the week.

Save Your Future Self the Headache

When talking to our customers, one of the biggest complaints about standard safety cabinets was the unreliable construction. Cabinets built with 18-gauge steel can’t withstand the daily abuse or constant wear-and-tear of a manufacturing environment. Strong Hold’s safety cabinets are built with 14-gauge steel (56% thicker than 18-gauge steel) to increase durability and strength. When you choose a cabinet you can depend on, you can focus your time and energy on more important things.

Don’t Compromise on Safety

Most cabinets in the safety market are difficult to relocate. Because they have no legs, they sit flush with the ground, making transportation nearly impossible. Customers end up leaving their safety cabinets on a wooden pallet, which violates both OSHA and NFPA Code 30 standards. Other cabinets have legs, but run the risk of tipping over when moved by a pallet jack or fork truck. Our forklift pockets provide the safest (and most convenient) way to transport your cabinet, so you and your employees can focus on finishing the job.

The Strong Hold Standard

Manufacturing is brutal. At Strong Hold, our products are built to last, which is why we back our Flammable Safety Cabinet with an industry-leading, 15-year warranty. Our warranty is a statement. A statement that proves you can depend on your Strong Hold product for years to come.

Simply put, the Strong Hold Flammable Safety Cabinet is stronger, safer, and better. Each feature was intentionally designed to increase durability and make your job easier. Experience the Strong Hold Standard and contact us today.

Author: Kara Lagree

Position: Marketing Specialist

Company: Strong Hold

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WORKPLACE SAFETY: THIS SOLUTION ELIMINATES UNNECESSARY MOVEMENT

This point-of-use flammable safety cabinet will change the way you store paints, chemicals, and other flammable liquids – right in your work area and at the tips of your fingers. Forget about long walks through your building to get what you need. This cabinet is designed to sit right on a workbench, utility cart, mobile stand, or in the back of your service van.

FEATURES OF STRONG HOLD’S POINT-OF-USE FLAMMABLE SAFETY CABINET:

  • All-welded steel body (no rivets, no screws, no tack welds)
  • Heavy-duty leaf hinges and 14-gauge doors that are 56% thicker than standard 18-gauge doors, making this cabinet suitable for both use and abuse
  • Features galvanized shelves and magnetic shelf labels to keep everything organized
  • Leak-proof sump area with drain for easy cleaning if spills happen
  • Designed and manufactured to NFPA code and OSHA standards
  • Industry leading 15-year warranty

Click here to read more about our flammable safety cabinets.