Class 5.2 Organic Peroxides (AS2714-2008 – The storage and handling of organic peroxides)
Our indoor organic peroxides safety cabinets are specifically designed and manufactured in Australia to meet the requirements of AS2714-2008: The storage and handling of organic peroxides.
AS2714-2008 places restrictions on storage quantities of organic peroxides indoors. The maximum limit for storing Class 5.2 organic peroxides within an indoor safety cabinet is 100L. Accordingly, the three sizes of safety cabinet available for class 5.2 organic peroxides are 30L, 60L and 100L capacity.
Organic peroxide safety cabinets feature self-closing door with pressure release catches, double wall construction with 40mm thermal barrier and vent ports with integral flash arrestors fitted on each side.
Organic peroxides are oxidising agents and are relatively unstable by nature. Oxidising agents are non-combustible on their own, but the oxidation process can produce heat, fires, and gas. Oxidising agents can provide oxygen that is needed to sustain combustion. However, organic peroxide may combust on its own. While there is a notable difference between the two, both organic peroxides and oxidising agents should be handled with care and stored carefully.
Organic peroxide is very sensitive to heat and is therefore prone to decomposition by burning. Due to its highly unstable nature, businesses handling and storing such substances must comply with AS2714-2008 when storing organic peroxide indoors.
When organic peroxide ignites, flames caused by this ignition can cause damage to your property due to the flames it will generate. Additionally, people in the vicinity of ignition may suffocate.
Further, even when no ignition occurs, organic peroxides are highly toxic and can cause irritation to the skin, eyes, and the mucous membranes. You should not attempt to handle organic peroxide without any personal protective equipment (PPE) or risk causing bodily injuries.
Failure to store class 5.2 organic peroxides requires them to be handled and stored safely. Australian businesses using this substance are required by law to use compliant indoor storage cabinets in accordance with AS2714-2008. Also, taking into consideration the maximum limit or amount of 100 litres that can be stored in a particular indoor site at any given time.
The compliant storage and handling of organic peroxide is outlined AS2714-2008. These standards were put in place to promote a high level of safety where these dangerous goods are stored or handled.
Severe chemical reactions caused by organic peroxides can be avoided by using safe and compliant organic peroxide cabinets that adhere to Australian Standards.
Construction: WSSA Indoor Organic Peroxide Cabinets come in 30, 60, and 100 litre capacities are All-Australian Made and built for Australian conditions. All our Indoor Organic Peroxide Cabinets meet and fully comply with AS2714-2008 – The storage and handling of organic peroxides.
They are built with a double wall construction integrated with a 40 mm thermal barrier. They also feature vent ports with integral flash arrestors that are fitted on each side of the cabinet.
And also to comply with stringent Australian Standards, safety and warning signage are also put in place.
Brief Primer about Organic Peroxides
Organic peroxides are primarily used in the synthesis and the modification of polymers, in health care and sanitation applications. The modification of polymers by use of organic peroxides adds and/or improves desirable characteristics to the polymer, which includes thermal stability.
Plastics and rubber industries are the primary users of organic peroxides. Organic peroxides and its formulations and mixtures are used in the manufacture of a variety of plastics and construction materials.
On its own, organic peroxide and its formulations are thermally unstable, can be toxic and corrosive. This means that this substance will self-react once exposed to certain temperatures. Following the restrictions specified in AS2714-2008 is not only recommended but must be extremely adhered to. Proper storage and handling practices effectively reduces the risks that are associated with handling organic peroxide formulations.
When organic peroxide decomposes, they form byproducts that may include gases such as small hydrocarbons and carbon dioxide. Though these gases are burned off in any fire, some may be carried up in plumes of smoke due to incomplete combustion.