> My question is that now that we will have designated teaching labs can you long term store chemicals in them? I have been told no but never given the regulation that would support that. Does anyone know if there is one? If there is one, where is it located?
Check out the latest revision of NFPA 45 from 2015. It's available for free on the web at
This discusses chemical storage practices in Educational and Instructional Laboratory Operations and describes best practices for chemical storage in these settings. Undergrad teaching labs fall into the instructional lab category. Specifically:
18.104.22.168 Quantities of chemicals in an instructional lab shall be limited to the lowest possible level necessary and in no case shall exceed the per-laboratory unit quantities specified in 9.1.1 or the maximum allowable quantities specified in fire or building codes.
Ralph Stuart, CIH
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