Comment stocker en toute sécurité les produits chimiques

These safety containers should be UL, OSHA, FM, NEBOSH, and NFPA approved.


Corrosive storage cabinets

Unlike the previous two storage containers, a corrosive storage cabinet does not necessarily have specific regulatory requirements. They are intended to resist corrosion, often built with polyethylene or steel with corrosion-resistant coating.

It is possible to find a cabinet that meets both flame and corrosion requirements, which can come in handy if you have any chemicals with multiple hazard classifications.

In some situations, a wooden cabinet will meet the standards for resisting corrosion. However, these cabinets cannot be used for oxidizing acids, like nitric acid.

Venting of corrosive cabinets can be preferred when storing volatile corrosives (like hydrochloric acid). In this case, it is recommended to have sufficient ventilation via fume hoods to avoid any toxicity or unsafe exposure.

Separating chemicals

To avoid unintended reactions, it is critical to separate chemicals based on their specific hazard classifications.

It is good practice to store flammable chemicals in their own designated containers, especially keeping oxidizers away from combustibles. It is also key to keep corrosives away from substances that may react with and release toxic or flammable vapors. Segregating acids will help avoid any unwanted interactions.

Some recommended categories to utilize when sorting and storing chemicals:

  • Pyrophorics
  • Water reactives
  • Flammables
  • Corrosives
  • Oxidizers
  • Toxics

Other types of materials that require more strict storage requirements:

  • Explosives
  • Compressed gasses
  • Cryogens

Fournitures de sécurité de laboratoire

Pour en savoir davantage sur les produits et ressources de sécurité de laboratoire, rendez-vous sur notre page Fournitures de sécurité de laboratoire.