Keeping Your Classroom Safe from Hazardous Materials

Sandusky Lee Flammable Liquids Safety Cabinet

It often seems like many of the most fun classroom lessons involve hazardous materials. Substances like inks, paints and concentrated chemicals can be part of an inspiring and educational school day, but also require special care when it comes to safety and storage. Here’s what you need to know when shopping for hazmat storage:


In the U.S., a flammable liquid is defined as one with a flashpoint (the lowest point at which it vaporizes) below 100 degrees Fahrenheit; a combustible liquid has a flashpoint between 100 and 200 degrees. These materials are divided into three classes, ranging from Class I, with a flashpoint below 73, to Class III, with a flashpoint of 200 or more. Hazmat storage is generally designed to regulate temperature to keep materials stable. When shopping, make sure to identify the class of your materials and find a cabinet suitable for them. Most of our hazmat storage is certified for Classes I – III.


When buying cabinets and shelving, it’s easy to overlook weight capacity. Hazardous materials often come in durable, heavyweight containers and liquids like paint and ink are quite heavy. Most of our cabinets have a 500-pound capacity per shelf.


When shopping for hazmat storage, you’re obviously looking for utmost safety. When choosing your cabinet, pay attention to its certifications; you’ll want to make sure it’s up to code in all the important areas; most of our cabinets are certified by the NFPA (The National Fire Protection Association) and OSHA (The Occupational Safety and Health Administration).

To shop School Outfitters’ selection of hazmat storage, visit us online or call us at 1-800-260-2776; we’re always happy to help.

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