In response to this subsequent question:
I have joined my schools OSH team and we have aerosols all over the school. What Australian Standards cover the storage of aerosols in a school or on a commercial building? Some of the answers below cover it but is there anything else I need to be aware of? We have no outside storage as we are an inner city school in a multistorey building.
The Pratt document and the information from the aerosol association of Australia are still current and very good sources of information for general storage of aerosols.
Small amounts of general-use aerosol cans throughout a building should not be a cause of concern. However, in the event of a fire, there may be a risk of aerosol cans becoming projectiles. Therefore, we reaffirm the previous advice (below) to keep quantities to a minimum and, if there are large quantities, to consider storage in a suitable metal cabinet/cage, which will aid in the prevention of aerosol cans becoming projectiles in the event of a fire.
In addition, consider the people who may have access to places where aerosols are held and determine if the aerosols need to be kept secure. For example, aerosol cans that contain paint should be kept secure so that they are not taken by unauthorised persons and used for inappropriate activities like graffiti.
The Australian Standards referred to in our previous answer generally refer to storage of large quantities of aerosols. There is no specific Australian Standard that covers the storage of aerosols in a school or public building. Two other related Standards are also not relevant to storage of aerosol cans ≤ 1L:
- AS 2278.1—2008 Aerosol containers Part 1: Metal aerosol dispensers of capacity 50 mL to 1000 mL inclusive
Note: this deals with the requirements for the construction and testing of, rather than the storage of aerosols.
- AS 4332—2004 The storage and handling of gases in cylinders
Note: This applies to storage of Class 2 substances in the ADG Code in relation to aerosols having a capacity of greater than 1 L (i.e., this does not apply to aerosols of capacity ≤ 1L).