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>
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:
- 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?
- 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
Thanks for your help,
Chemical Safety Officer
Office: Browning Hall/ISB 314
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