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Chemical Storage and Incompatibilities John Herrington. Lecture for 20 minutes or so Video. Inventories Chemical Name Original Amount Manufacturer (for MSDS’) Location (at least room number). Purchasing (Procurement) Purchase Only the Amount Needed

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  • Inventories

    • Chemical Name

    • Original Amount

    • Manufacturer (for MSDS’)

    • Location (at least room number)


  • Purchasing (Procurement)

    • Purchase Only the Amount Needed

    • Purchase Smaller or Custom Containers

    • Check the Inventory Before Purchase


  • Labeling

    • Label ALL containers

      • -Except for Immediate Use

  • Unknowns are Dangerous and Expensive

  • Inspect Chemicals and Labels At Least Every 6 Months

  • Replace Damaged or Worn Labels

  • Dispose of Chemicals That Have Not Been Used for 12 to 18 Months


  • Storage

    • Segregate According to Hazard Class

      • Acids with Acids, Bases with Bases, etc.

  • Follow Manufacturers’ Recommendations

  • -Labels and

  • -MSDS


Color-coded Labels for Compatible Storage

The SAF-T-DATA™ label suggests a method for setting up your chemical storage area. The background color indicates the type of storage required. Simply store products with the same color together, except where indicated below, and follow these recommendations for appropriate storage:


  • Segregation Tips

    • Mineral Acids Away From Organic Acids

    • Organics Away From Oxidizers

      • Refer To the Incompatibles Chart

    • Do NOT Use Alphabetical Order!

    • Water-Reactive Materials MUST Be Stored Away From All Other Materials

    • Acute Poisons Should Be Locked


  • Long-Term Storage Considerations

  • Peroxide Formers

    • Ethers (Isopropyl and Diethyl Ether)

    • Acetals

    • Olefins with Allylic Hydrogen

    • Dienes

    • Ureas, Amides, Lactams (Sodium Amide)

    • Alkali Metals and Alkoxides (Potassium)

    • Vinyl Monomers, Vinyl Halides, Acrylates, Methacrylates (Divinyl Acetylene and Vinylidene Chloride)




Long-Term Storage Considerations

Deliquescent/Hygroscopic Chemicals


  • Sublimation

    • -Iodine

    • -p-Dichlorobenzene

  • Decomposition

    • -Hydrogen Peroxide

    • -Calcium Hypochlorite


  • Other Storage Considerations

    Storage On Open Shelves







    • Video

      • “Introduction to Reactive and Explosive Materials


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