Storing flammable liquids

Safely storing containers of flammable liquids is important to minimise the risk of fire and explosion.

We have produced guidance on how to store flammable liquids which are held in containers in a total quantity of less than 2,000 L.

These guidelines cover storing flammable liquids in containers in:

  • storage cabinets
  • outdoor storage areas
  • stand-alone freight containers and buildings with non-combustible cladding
  • stand-alone buildings
  • storerooms in a building.

Storing up to 2,000 L of flammable liquid in closed packages (PDF 538 KB)

While this guidance has not been updated to reflect current work health and safety legislation (the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and regulations), it may still contain relevant information and practices to keep workers and others healthy and safe.

Please read this guidance in conjunction with all relevant industry standards that apply to you as a PCBU. This guidance will be progressively reviewed and either updated, replaced with other guidance, or revoked.

Find out more

The hazardous substances calculator(external link) will help you work out what requirements apply to your substances.

For additional guidance:

Your practical guide to working with hazardous substances(external link)

New rules for hazardous substances: Changes to the regulations for hazardous substances in the workplace (PDF 316 KB)

Changes to hazardous substances regulations (PDF 71 KB)