Pro-Chemical Segregation and Storage
procedure chemical segregation and storage modified Mon Oct 03 2022 15:01:33 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)
University of Louisville
Chemical Segregation and Storage
This procedure applies to the University Community (administrators, faculty, staff, and students).
Researchers/Principal Investigators/Lab Personnel
- Date all chemicals on receipts and keep an up to date chemical inventory. Special attention to adherence of storage time-limitation of any peroxide-forming chemical in your laboratory, refer to DEHS Lab Safety Manual section on Peroxide-Forming Chemicals (link provided under Related Information below).
- DEHS requires an updated hazardous chemical inventory from each PI annually.
- Label all storage areas and cabinets to identify the hazardous nature of chemicals stored within.
- Ensure all chemicals are properly identified and labeled before they are stored.
- All secondary labels must include the chemical name, appropriate hazard warnings (e.g. flammable, corrosive, carcinogen, toxic, etc), date and the user’s name or initials.
- Store all chemicals in a cool and dry location with caps or lids tightly closed.
- No chemical residue should be on the outside of any containers.
- Chemical containers must not be stored on floors or stacked on top of each other.
- Store and arrange chemicals in compatible families rather than in alphabetical order. Alphabetical order is acceptable within compatible storage families.
- Always purchase highly hazardous materials in the smallest quantities possible. They must be stored in a designated and secured area
- Do not store hazardous chemicals on bench tops.
- Ensure that all containers are not corroded, broken, rusted or leaking.
- Do not store chemicals, except for cleaners, under sinks.
- Flammable liquid container storage of more than 10 gal (38 L) must be stored in an approved NFPA fire cabinet.
- Consult DEHS segregation and storage guidance (link provided under Related Information below) for specific recommendations according to chemical categories.
Department of Environmental Health & Safety (DEHS)
- Provide guidance/recommendations on chemical segregation and storage during site visits and inspections.
- Ensure that all chemical inventory reviews include chemical segregation and storage recommendations.
Senior Associate Vice President for Operations
RESPONSIBLE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT/DIVISION
Environmental Health & Safety
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
Revision Date(s): December 10, 2021
Reviewed Date(s): December 10, 2021
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