Storing Hazardous Chemicals

Proper chemical storage minimizes the health and physical hazards posed by hazardous chemicals found in the laboratory. Good chemical storage technique will:

  • Segregate incompatible chemicals to prevent accidental mixing
  • Keep flammable materials away from sources of ignition
  • Prevent hazardous vapors and gasses from entering common workplace air
  • Minimize worker exposure to health and physical hazards from chemicals that are not being used.

The basic requirements and guidance for the safe storage of the wide variety of hazardous chemicals found in laboratories at NMSU can be found here.