An accurate chemical inventory must be maintained for each laboratory. Chemicals should be dated when they arrive or are prepared. If prepared, the concentrations of all ingredients should be noted on the label.
Chemicals should be stored by hazard class, not alphabetically. The MSDS or a chemical compatibility can help you determine storage hazards. Each hazard class should be stored separately. Chemicals should be stored on lipped shelves or cabinets with doors to prevent breakage in the event of an earthquake. Shelves and cabinets should not be overcrowded. Hazardous chemicals should not be stored above eye level.
Flammable chemicals should be stored in a flammable cabinet. Corrosive chemicals should be stored in chemical resistant secondary containers.
You should consult the MSDS for special storage issues such as peroxide forming chemicals like ether.
If you need to use extremely hazardous chemical (40CFR Part 355 Appendix A, EPA EPCRA, 40 CFR 302.4), or Chemical of Interest in your research, you must notify the lab manager before you order the chemical. You must also note these chemicals on your chemical inventory.
Other useful links:
- Chemical Compatibility
- EPA Compatibility Chart (PDF)
- CRC Laboratory Handbook Compatibility Chart (PDF)
- EPA EPCRA
- Extremely Hazardous Chemicals- 40CFR Part 355 Appendix A
- Thresholds and Reportable Quantities- 40 CFR 302.4 and 40 CFR 355
- Chemicals of Interest
- The Safety Song
- Chemistry Rap
- Safety Rap