Acid Corrosive Storage Cabients

What is a Acid Corrosive Cabient?
An acid and corrosive storage cabinet is designed to safely store acids and other corrosive materials. Instead of storing potentially dangerous chemicals on a simple shelf, acid safety cabinets allow you to store acids and corrosive materials in a container that is designed to prevent fires, leaks, and exposure to harmful fumes.

What Are Acids and Corrosive Materials?
Acids are chemicals that can donate protons or accept electrons to form bonds. The pH scale measures the acidity of water on a scale of zero to 14, with anything less than seven being acidic. Common acids used in laboratory settings include:

  • Chloric acid
  • Perchloric acid
  • Nitric acid
  • Sulfuric acid

Corrosive materials attack, damage, or destroy other substances, particularly living or organic tissue, through a chemical reaction. Many acids are corrosive, and some corrosive materials are acidic. However, not all corrosive materials are acids, and not all acids are corrosive. Common corrosive materials used in laboratory settings include:

  • Bromine
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Sodium hydroxide
  • Ammonia

Acid Storage Requirements
It’s important to note that the requirements for how to handle and store acids and corrosive materials are specific to the acid or corrosive material in question. 

How Does an Acid Cabinet Work?
Acid cabinets are lined with polyethylene, a material that is resistant to acids and corrosive materials. This means that if a corrosive chemical is spilled within an acid cabinet or a chemical releases corrosive gases, it won’t damage the cabinet itself.

Acid Cabinet Ventilation
Because acids and other corrosive materials may produce dangerous or harmful gases, acid safety cabinets must also be properly ventilated.

Most acid storage cabinets are placed directly under a fume hood to allow for ventilation of harmful fumes. PVC venting kits allow you to use PVC pipe to vent fumes from acid safety cabinets into a fume hood. Acid safety cabinets also have a removable back panel that can be used for venting.

Without a fume hood, harmful gases can corrode your acid cabinet and its hardware. In a worst case scenario, acid and corrosive storage cabinets can vent toxic fumes directly into your laboratory, creating a safety hazard. Make sure your acid cabinet is properly installed with proper ventilation for your intended use.

Information required to quote on a Acid Corrosive Cabinet

  1. What size do you need?
  2. Do you require an extraction system?
  3. Are you storing sulfuric, hydrochloric & nitric acids?

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