Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2010 10:23:56 -0400
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Subject: Re: Chemical Storage Cabinets
Usual disclaimer: my
company sells the items in this discussion, but is just one of dozens of
vendors, of course. Just giving advice with examples I can easily
Monona is right. For
"corrosives" you want one cabinet for acids and one for bases. I
recommend 100% polyethylene cabinets for either - don't go for metal
storage cabinets for those and be sure the two cabinets are not located
next to each other. For small laboratories, the 4 gallon size is
Be sure those corrosives cabinets are
clearly labeled ACID and BASE otherwise folks will put the ammonium
hydroxide in there next to the (incompatible) hydrochloric acid.
And remember that even within those categories, there can still be
incompatible chemicals that shouldn't be stored together so check your
inventory and MSDS's. We sell ACID and BASE labels but can
also supply custom labels with warnings about incompatibles that should
not be stored in the cabinet if you need that: http://www.safetyemporium.com/ILPI_Site/WebPagesUS/safety/cabin
On the flammable cabinets, I
believe that CA code requires the doors to be self-closing, so you may
want to double check that with your local fire marshal. The
cheapest cabinets are the manual door models. As Ed already
mentioned, the smaller cabinets can be used under a hood, on the
floor or on a bench, so there is a nice versatility in placement.
In addition, wall-mounted units are available for mounting above a
bench. And there are ones designed for under-bench mounting which
come with a toe-kick. http://www.safetyemporium.com/ILPI_Site/WebPagesUS/safety/flammabl
So put some thought into the size(s) you need and where
you might locate them as well as the price.
final consideration you'll want to think about is security. Some
cabinets come with locks and others do not. It's easy enough to
add a padlock hasp to metal cabinets in the latter case (either by
special order or after-market).
I am working with a Christian high
school chemistry program that would like
purchase chemical storage cabinets for corrosives and flammable
For me, the most important thing to
remember about this request is that at least two different types of
cabinets will be needed. One obviously is for flammables.
But the term "corrosives" is not very descriptive and both acids and
alkalis could be involved requiring a third type of cabinet.