Chemical safety cabinets are key furniture requirements in any laboratory, but often, it is taken lightly. One of the most essential aspects is that the laboratory personnel must realize their purpose and necessary compliance standards to ensure that they are to contribute to the safety of the lab personnel.

At Kewaunee International, we have a range of chemical safety cabinets that not only serve your needs but also comply with several international organizations’ standards. Our collection can be viewed here

Aspects Key pointers
What are chemical safety cabinets?
  • Storage cabinets made specifically for chemicals (corrosion proof)
  • Three types – Flammable storage, Acid/ Corrosive storage, Combustible storage
  • Fitted with openings to ensure natural ventilation – to prevent any mishaps in the laboratory
What purpose do they serve?
  • Primary intention is to ensure safe chemical handling & inventory 
  • They ensure the safety of lab personnel, especially from chemical fumes
  • They also protect laboratory furniture from any further corrosion/ damage
What do you need to consider for compliance?
  • Ensure that chemicals are labeled appropriately & separated from interactive chemicals
  • Ensure that the chemicals are stored as per their volume in cabinets
  • Cabinets must allow for height change – ensure that chemicals are at/ below eye level
  • Toxic/ Reactive chemicals must have their ‘own’ cabinet
  • Chemical cabinets must also be labeled with relevant emergency aid numbers 
  • Cabinets must be color coded as per the laboratory’s compliance requirements
Reference compliance standards
  • NFPA 30 Chapter 9.5.3 (National Fire Protection Association)
  • OSHA 29 CFR 1910.106 (Occupational Safety & Health Administration)
  • Ensure that they are Factory Manual (FM) approved

Source: OSHA, NFPA, Safety Info (2019)

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