Date: Fri, 5 Nov 2010 08:24:19 -0400
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From: "Yaeger, Mary Ann" <YaegerMa**At_Symbol_Here**WESLEY.EDU>
Subject: Re: flammable cabinet question
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We have h ad chemicals dropped a few times because of the self closing doors.  H as anyone else had this problem?  In trying to keep the door open, or not realizing how close the door is  people have bumped the door pulli ng out the chemical and dropped the bottle.  Our older cabinets are no t self closing and we don’t have a problem with the doors being left open.  I prefer those that are not self closing.


MaryAnn Yaeger, MS

Supervisor of Laboratory Services,

Chemical Hygiene Officer

Wesley College

120 N. State Street

Dover DE 19901

Ph. 302-736-2389

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State and local codes will vary so you should consult your local or state fire marshal's office.   For example, it is my underst anding that California requires self-closing doors.  The major US manu facturers sell both manual and automatic door models, so there is obviously no federal requirement.


Given the obvious safety a dvantages of automatic door closers, the question should be why one would w ish to defeat a safety feature that is, at best, a trivial annoyance.   ;I strongly endorse their use whenever feasible.

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On Nov 4, 2010, at 5:19 PM, Bradley, Shelly wrote:

Are self-closing doors required on flammable cabinets? (Specifically those under fume hoods)

If not, are there any restrictions on removing closers from flammable cabinet doors as long a s the door latches?





Shelly Bradley
Instrumentation Specialist
Laboratory Devel opment Assistant
Campus Chemical Compliance Director
Chemistry Depart ment
Hendrix College
Conway , AR 72032
(501) 450-3812

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