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How to Store Chemicals Safely

Did you know one of the leading causes of industrial fires is the improper storage and handling of flammable liquids and chemicals? Storing flammable chemicals in approved chemical storage cabinets, also known as safety cabinets, reduces the risk of fire and protects your workplace.

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How to Store Corrosive Chemicals in Laboratories Safely

On April 8, 2005, two students accepted delivery of chemical supplies and placed them in storage at a university lab in Ohio State University. They packed 10 to 12 bottles of hexane in a solvent storage cabinet. The shelf collapsed. A bottle of hexane smashed and one student suffered cuts on his arm. The students immediately vacated the area due to the overpowering hexane vapors.

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4 Steps for Spill Containment

The best way to deal with a spill is to stop it before it even happens. If that’s not possible, provide spill containment at the source, so that it cannot spread into the environment. Spills of oil and hazardous chemicals spread quickly, especially when they reach water. Even a small amount of oil will cover a large water surface area.

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