Fixing Controlled Drugs Cabinets

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Fixing and maintenance recommendations

Select a suitable location for the cabinet to be mounted. The surface selected should be flat and of a solid (brick or block work) construction.

Mark the position of the holes by either marking through the holes in the back of the cabinet or recycle the back of the packaging to make a cardboard template of the hole positions and transferring them to the wall.

Drill the holes as accurately as possible using a 10mm diameter masonry drill to a depth of approximately 75mm.

Position the cabinet holes over the holes drilled in the wall and insert the wall bolts (the use of a hammer may be required to ensure the wall bolts and cabinet are fully seated up to the wall).

Tighten the bolts to secure the cabinet in position.

The cabinets should only be fitted by a competent person.

Security level 1 Controlled Drugs Cabinets.

Installation should by means of at least two M10 wall fixing expanding bolts (rag bolts). However, we recommend and supply additional fixings for larger CD cabinets to ensure our units are fully compliant.

Wherever possible, cabinets should be fixed to an internal wall constructed of brick, concrete blocks or reinforced concrete. Installation should by means of four M10 wall fixing expanding bolts (rag bolts).

Rag bolts include any form of anchored bolt that has a barbed, jagged or indented shank for fixing into masonry with cement or any form of anchored bolt that is as follows:

[A] inserted into a shell having a jagged or indented outer surface fixed into masonry; or...
[B] designed to grip in a drilled hole by means of expansion of a shell on insertion of the bolt.

If installation as described above is not possible, the cupboard should be fixed by bolts passing through the wall. All nuts should be located within the cupboard and the bolts should be continuously welded at their heads to a steel plate of at least 3 mm thickness and of a size not less than that of the back face of the cupboard. If the wall is of the partition type, the cupboard should be positioned so as to include as many internal studs as possible between the bolts.

Wherever possible, the cupboard should be fixed to two adjoining walls and/or, where size or ergonomics permit, to wall(s) and floor.

Siting of cabinets.

All categories of cabinet should preferably be sited as follows:

[A] in a room without direct access (e.g. door or window) to the exterior of the building;
[B] where it is not obvious to prying eyes, e.g. not in front of a window or door;
[C] in a room that can be secured when unattended;
[D] away from sources of heat (e.g. radiators, hot water pipes, room heaters or direct sunlight) and humidity (e.g. sinks or water heaters);
[E] in a position of good illumination;
[F] adjacent to storage units of similar appearance.

Cupboards of security level 1 should be sited as follows:

[A] where there is continuous surveillance or manning;
[B] in a room that is used for medical purposes.

Wall-mounted cupboards should be sited so that the upper surface of the top of the cupboard, or of the topmost shelf if fitted, is not more than 1750mm from the floor.

Care and maintenance of your controlled drugs cabinets

Our cabinets should be cleaned using a damp cloth.

Do not use abrasive materials or cleaners as the surface finish may be damaged.

The cabinets should not require any maintenance in normal use.

If you have any concerns as to the unit's operation please email us today or telephone 01623 559966 for assistance.