From: "Wilhelm, Monique" <mwilhelm**At_Symbol_Here**UMFLINT.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Chemical Storage in Teaching Labs
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:08:29 +0000
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Hi Jennifer,

Even though Michigan has not adopted the 2015 version of NFPA 45 yet, this would be considered a "best practice" and should be followed. I have very small storage areas assigned to each of my teaching labs to keep the chemicals in the working space to a minimum. If you ever want to come see how we are set up in the Chem Dept at UM-Flint, I would be happy to show you around.


Monique Wilhelm
Laboratory Manager
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
University of Michigan - Flint

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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**] On Behalf Of Ralph Stuart
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2016 7:04 AM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Chemical Storage in Teaching Labs

> 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: 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

Ralph Stuart, CIH

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