Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2010 11:33:52 -0400
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Subject: Re: Chemical Storage Cabinets
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"For "corrosiv es" you want one cabinet for acids and one for bases." is not completely correct.  Storing incompa tible acids with each other is not a good idea.

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Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Chemical Storage Cabinets

Usual disclaimer: my company sells the items in this discussion, but i s just one of dozens of vendors, of course.  Just giving advice with exa mples I can easily point to.

Monona is right.  For "corrosives" you want one cabinet for acids and one for bases.   I recommend 100% polyethylene cabinets for either - d on't go for metal storage cabinets for those and be sure the two cabinets are no t located next to each other.  For small laboratories, the 4 gallon size is ideal

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 e categories, there can still be incompatible chemicals that shouldn't be sto red together so check your inventory and MSDS's.   We sell ACID and B ASE labels but can also supply custom labels with warnings about incompatibles that should not be stored in the cabinet if you need that: labels.htm

On the flammable cabinets, I believe that CA code requires the doors t o be self-closing, so you may want to double check that with your local fire mar shal.  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. .htm  So put some thought into the size(s) you need and where you might loc ate them as well as the price.

One 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). 

Rob Toreki

On Jun 21, 2010, at 9:24 AM, ACTSNYC**At_Symbol_Here** wrote:

I am working with a Christian high school chemistry program that would like
    to purchase chemical storage cabinets for corrosives and flammable liquids.

For me, the most important thing to remember about this request is that at least two diffe rent types of cabinets will be needed.  One obviously is for flammables.& nbsp; But the term "corrosives" is not very descriptive and both acids and alka lis could be involved requiring a third type of cabinet.


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