Chemical Storage

Store chemicals in cabinets and on shelving provided for such storage. Avoid storing chemicals on top of cabinets, and never store any material within 18 inches of the ceiling in sprinklered areas. Avoid storing chemicals on bench tops or in fume hoods. Store flammable materials in a Flammable Storage Cabinet. Label all chemical containers appropriately (full name and hazard warning).

Do not store chemicals alphabetically as a general group. This may result in incompatibles appearing together on a shelf. Separate chemicals into their organic and inorganic families and then into related and compatible groups. Separation of chemical groups can be by different shelves within the same cabinet if spill containers are used.

The labels on Fisher Scientific chemicals include a Storage Code. This color-coded bar provides a visible guide to storage compatibility. The five storage groups are:

Group Hazard
Red
Red
Flammable. Store in area segregated for flammable reagents.
Blue
Blue
Health hazard. Toxic if inhaled, ingested or absorbed through skin. Store in secure area.
Yellow
Yellow
Reactive and oxidizing reagent. May react violently with air, water or other substances. Store away from flammable and combustible materials.
White
White
Corrosive. May harm skin, eyes, or mucous membranes. Store away from red-coded, yellow-coded, and blue-coded reagents.
Grey
Grey
Presents no more than moderate hazard for general chemical storage.

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