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Chemicals Storage Guidelines and Points to Consider
« on: January 16, 2013, 06:55:55 AM »
When it comes to chemical storage for laboratories, one should always to keep safety guidelines in mind to avoid any kind of accidents. Government agencies and appointed bodies cover chemicals handling and storage by great lengths. Established chemical names also keep their buyers informed about what points one should always keep in mind while handling chemicals. Here are some crucial points and guidelines for storing chemicals in cabinets. Also included is a section on sensitive chemicals;

Cabinet storage of chemicals 

While using cabinets for storing chemicals, one should firstly confirm the design requirements. Cabinets that are supposed to handle dangerous chemicals should confirm design requirements and standards set by appropriate bodies. While every institution or organization can choose to go for different method to store chemicals in their laboratories, here are some points that the best in the field keep in mind;

Location of cabinets  - There is a fair possibility that majority of the chemicals kept in cabinets will be in liquid form. Hence, one over the other arrangement of cabinets is not suggested. This is primarily done to avoid spill. Cabinets also shall not be located under the stairs. In addition the mentioned points, a seasoned laboratory chemicals firm would also suggest that cabinets shall not become an obstruction at times of emergency.
Use of spill trays  - Keeping chemical bottles in cabinets doesn’t eliminate the chances of spill. A spill from one bottle can clearly create scenario of further damage. Hence, use of spill trays is highly suggested. Similar chemicals can be kept in the same tray while non-reactive ones, though not in large numbers, can be clubbed together in the same tray. 

Storage capacity - While storing chemicals, one should also keep in mind the storage capacity of the cabinet. For chemicals of some classes, the capacity of a cabinet used in a laboratory is limited to 50L. This is can differ however for other classes of chemicals.

 For industry usage, storage guidelines can differ substantially. For instance, usage of Minoxidil USP by a product manufacturer asks for different handling and storage procedures.

Considerations for time sensitive chemicals

Time sensitive chemicals can become hazardous if not handled and stored as per specified guidelines and practices. They can be pure reagents as well as commercial mixtures. It is better to mark expiry date when such chemicals are received. Listing such chemicals in the laboratory chemical inventory is also a popular practice.

Timely inspections and checks are important to avoid laboratory accidents and damage to handling staff. Potassium Hydroxide is one chemical that asks for special handling and precautions. So, when you buy Potassium Hydroxide, it is better to discuss handling with the chosen chemicals firm.

Proper lightening     

To eliminate the chances of ill usage and mishandling of chemicals, it is important that the room where chemicals are kept should have proper light arrangements.
 While some of the most important chemicals storage guidelines for cabinets and sensitive chemicals have covered, please consult safety literature from respective agencies for further details and specifications. And in case you are looking for liquid and powder blending services, you have reached the right place.
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