Storage and Labeling
Storage of laboratory chemicals presents an ongoing safety hazard for schools. Many chemicals are incompatible with each other. The common method of storing these products in alphabetical order often results in incompatible neighbors. (For example, storing strong oxidizing materials next to organic chemicals can present a hazard).
One solution is to separate chemicals into their organic and inorganic families and then to further divide the materials into related and compatible families. Below is a list of compatible families. On the following pages you will find this family arrangement pictured as shelf areas in your chemical stores area. The pictured shelf arrangement will easily enable you to rearrange you inventory into a safer and more compatible environment.
This list is not complete and is intended only to cover the materials possibly found in an average school situation. This is not the only method of arranging these materials and is only offered as a suggestion.
Source: Flinn Scientific
Shelf Storage Patterns & Check Lists
- Suggested shelf storage pattern for inorganics (EXCEL)
- Suggested shelf storage pattern for organics (EXCEL)
- Chemical Storage Check List (EXCEL)
- Checklist for Labeling of Chemicals (EXCEL)
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