Storage of chemicals
Uppsala University handles a large number of chemical products, which vary in quantity, form and hazardousness. Those who are handling these products need to know about the risks associated with the various chemicals so that this is taken into account in decisions on how to store them.
Chemical products must be stored in the right type of packaging intended for the product concerned, preferably in the original packaging if it is intended for storage. The packaging must be sealed and clean on the outside to prevent leakage and harm through skin contact. The packages must be labeles so that it is impossible to misunderstand what they contain or what risks are associated with the product. Read more on labeling in the University’s “Procedure for the Labelling of Chemical Products” UFV 2019/1706.
Chemical products may be stored in ventilated chemicals cupboards or chemical storerooms. The type of storage required is decided on a case-by-case basis. Flammable goods, for example, may require fire-retardant spaces if substantial quantities are stored.
It is important to take any combined effects into account when storing chemical products. For instance, it is inappropriate to store acids with bases, oxidising agents with oxidisable substances, or flammable substances with toxic substances.
The University’s guidelines
Current rules and advice on the storage of chemical products may be found in the University’s "Procedure for the storage of chemical products" UFV 2019/1705.
Rules and advice on handling flammable goods may be found in the University’s "Procedure for the handling of flammable products".