When the Qld Health act was written much attention was given to drug safe design and construction. This has resulted in regulations that demand Brisbane (and provincial) chemists only use a quality drug safe to store dangerous drugs. Additionally the regulations go into great detail how a drug cabinet must be secured to the floor or wall. This is to ensure that it cant be removed easily by criminals. Alas this part of bolting was written almost 20 years ago. They could not for see that many chemists (in the future) would be in shopping centres and have plasterboard walls. This has made “securing drug safes ” difficult.
Our Coopers Plains showroom has over 140 new & 2nd hand safes !
Bolting the drug safe onto the concrete floor is the simplest option I have found. This fine if there is a concrete floor but what if its a wooden floor. Or what if the only area the safe will fit is on top of the chemist’s dispensary platform ? Chemist shops tend to have a raised area at the rear that most chemists work from.
This “platform” is usually made from chipboard and it requires some clever thinking. Compliance with the Qld Health Act was achieved by using extra long bolts. We have been selling and installing drug safes in Brisbane for almost 25 years. To date we have not had any of our installs or safes condemned by QLD Health.
A Chemist who has a disabled staff member asked for height friendly drug safe installation. So we installed the Drug safe on a raised stand. This simple measure aided the staff member. After much consultation with Qld Health we finally got approval to modify the drug safe and install it so all concerned are happy.
If you have any questions relating to drug safe installation please call or email me and I will be happy to help.
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Blog – Drug Safe Installation service Qld version 2.1
The holding force a concrete screw applies is displayed in this chart
A REALLY BIG dangerous drug safe 1500 mm tall !!
Big bolts are stronger than small ones
Criminals make short work of cheap safes !
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Click here for link to QLD Health drug safe guidelines
link above to the Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996 for your information. Appendix 6 is located on page 275.