Chemical Safety

Chemical Safety: Hello. I would just like to ask what chemicals can be stored safely together.

In a chemical storeroom, as in which classes can be put together. Thank you.

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Publication Date: 21 March 2016
Asked By: Cheryl Sahyoun
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Chemical Safety

This answer was updated in September 2018 to include links to the Science ASSIST Chemical Management Handbook – Edition 2.

This is a very good question as it is vital that chemicals should be segregated from incompatible chemicals within the chemical store. We address the issue of chemical storage in our chemical management handbook, which can be found here

There are also other sources of information that we can recommend that will provide a good foundation for safe storage of chemicals in school science laboratory chemical stores.  Segregation of incompatible chemicals can be based upon the Australian Dangerous Goods Code (ADG Code) Classification for road transport. However, it is important to be aware that there can be incompatibilities within a Dangerous Goods Class and where a chemical falls into more than one class.

The following helpful information is sourced from educational sectors. Although written for specific jurisdictions, they contain excellent general guidance information, see:

Victoria

Queensland

If a school uses a chemical management system such as ChemWatch or ChemAlert for compiling their chemical register, the system may indicate if a chemical is being stored with an incompatible chemical.

Science ASSIST has also answered a number of questions regarding chemical store and chemical storage, as well as producing an information sheet with related links, see AIS: Links — Chemical sciences safety

Previous related questions include:

References:

‘Chemical management’, Victorian Department of Education and Training website, http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/management/Pages/chemica...(Updated Jine 2017)

‘Chemicals and hazardous substances’, Qld Department of Education website, http://education.qld.gov.au/health/safety/hazards/substances.html (November 2013)

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