What happens if there is a power failure? Unless the freezer is intrinsically safe it could very well go KABOOM if it loses temperature and the compressor kicks back in.
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Subject: [DCHAS-L] Ethanol storage in: minus 80 freezer
A colleague asked me to pass this question along to the list: Is it ok to storage ethanol in a -80 freezer? Details below...
Subject: RE: minus 80 storage
Tissue is stored in 95% Ethanol. Even at 95% a freezer -20 or -80 is well below the flashpoint (60F). Not sure if that matters or not. I am worried about OSHA and NFPA. I think OSHA 1910 has something to say about flammables in freezers.
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