From: Nora Dunkel <noradunkel51**At_Symbol_Here**WEBSTER.EDU>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Refrigeration in Chemical Stockrooms
Date: Mon, 15 Feb 2021 14:30:38 +0000
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**Princeton.EDU>
Message-ID: DM6PR11MB332442C4E139CFD5B54DFCD7CB889**At_Symbol_Here**

Hello Colleagues,


Some faculty at my institution have asked whether we can install a fridge in the chemical stockroom for reagents that need to be stored between 2 and 8 C.  Currently, there are no electrical outlets in the stockroom.


Flammable materials, corrosives, and the usual miscellaneum of oxidizers and toxics are all stored in this space (in appropriate cabinets, of course!). 


I have two major questions:

  1. Would installing an electrical outlet in a room where flammable materials are stored (in unvented cabinets) require the electrician to do anything out of the ordinary?  Do the receptacles need to be hospital grade?  What else should I be aware of?  Should I temporarily move the flammable materials to another room while the outlet is being installed?    
  2. If none of the materials to be stored in the fridge are flammable, would a ‘regular’ lab fridge suffice?  Or should it be rated for flammables storage given its proximity to flammable material?


Thanks for your help,


Nora Dunkel


Chemical Safety Officer

Webster University

Office:  Browning Hall/ISB 314

314-246-2244 (desk)

661-348-1445 (cell)



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