Date: Sun, 20 Jun 2010 20:12:52 -0400
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From: McGrath Edward J <Edward.McGrath**At_Symbol_Here**REDCLAY.K12.DE.US>
Subject: Re: Chemical Storage Cabinets

I strongly agree with David about Flinn--when it comes to any issue 
concerning science safety, I look no further than Flinn.
I certainly identify with the issue of tight educational budgets, so 
proper storage for hazmats is a must--this is not a place to cut 
corners!  Believe it or not, some science suppliers sell acid cabinets 
with metal hinges (not Flinn!!)  Within two years, the door falls off 
from corrosion--$700 down the drain.  However you proceed, read your 
specification documents carefully.
First, assess the needs for five years.  Many institutions like yours 
(Dr. Johnson's school) make the mistake of buying large quantities of 
chemicals when there is money, then have to contend with storing surplus 
hazmats.  Identify what activities you'll be doing over the next five 
years, decide how much of what chemicals you'll need, then identify the 
proper size and type of storage cabinets.  Flinn offers acid cabinets 
and flammable cabinets that sit on a table top--much smaller, much less 
expensive.  If you find that suits your needs, let that size limit your 
inventory.  If you can't fit more, you don't buy more.  
As for financing the cabinets, there are many educational grants (ACS 
has some options, the Toyota Tapestry grant through NSTA might be a 
possibility).  Finally, fund raising events and the PTA should be 
considered.  Parents of motivated students will often be all too ready 
to help provide proper safety equipment to a science program.  
Recruiting help from the parents also sets the tone early on that the 
science program values safety above all.  Safe science practice will 
become a habit of mind for your graduates.
Best of luck to you and your school Dr. Johnson!
Edward J. McGrath
Science Supervisor
Red Clay Consolidated School District


From: DCHAS-L Discussion List on behalf of DAVID KATZ
Sent: Sun 6/20/2010 7:26 PM
To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Chemical Storage Cabinets

Hi Jim,
Check with Flinn Scientific for cabinets.  They can advise you.  Their 
web site is   , but it is 
best to call and ask for someone to help you.  That phone number is 
Flinn makes quality cabinets.  We have several at our college (Pima 
Community College) and have been very pleased with them.

  David A. Katz              
  Chemist, Educator, Expert Demonstrator, Science Communicator, and 
  Programs and workshops for teachers, schools, museums, and the public
  133 N. Desert Stream Dr. * Tucson, AZ 85745-2277 *  USA
  voice/fax: (520) 624-2207 * email: dakatz45**At_Symbol_Here**
           Visit my web site: 

	----- Original Message ----- 
	From: Jim Johnson   
	To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU 
	Sent: Sunday, June 20, 2010 1:39 PM
	Subject: [DCHAS-L] Chemical Storage Cabinets

	Good Afternoon,
	I am working with a Christian high school chemistry program that would 
	to purchase chemical storage cabinets for corrosives and flammable 
	We are on a tight budget and need to look carefully at our options.
	Any suggestions?
	Thank you,
	James S. Johnson Ph.D., CIH QEP
	JSJ and Associates
	Pleasanton, CA

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