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Usual disclaimer: my company sells the items in this discussion, but i
just one of dozens of vendors, of course. Just giving advice with exa
I can easily point to.
Monona is right. For "corrosives" you want one cabinet for acids
one for bases. I recommend 100% polyethylene cabinets for either - d
go for metal storage cabinets for those and be sure the two cabinets are no
located next to each other. For small laboratories, the 4 gallon size
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 thos
categories, there can still be incompatible chemicals that shouldn't be sto
together so check your inventory and MSDS's. We sell ACID and B
labels but can also supply custom labels with warnings about incompatibles
should not be stored in the cabinet if you need that: http://www.safetyemporium.com/ILPI_Site/WebPagesUS/safety/cabinet
On the flammable cabinets, I believe that CA code requires the doors t
self-closing, so you may want to double check that with your local fire mar
The cheapest cabinets are the manual door models. As Ed
already mentioned, the smaller cabinets can be used under a hood, on
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-
So put some thought into the size(s) you need and where you might loc
them as well as the price.
One final consideration you'll want to think about is security.
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
I am working with a Christian high school chemistry program
to purchase chemical storage cabinets
corrosives and flammable liquids.
For me, the most
important thing to remember about this request is that at least two diffe
types of cabinets will be needed. One obviously is for flammables.&
But the term "corrosives" is not very descriptive and both acids and alka
could be involved requiring a third type of cabinet.