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Joanne Stewart, Hope College
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Shelves for chemical storage

Dear IONiC friends,

It is time for us to replace our shelves in our chemical storage room. Does anyone have any recommendations? We have a big store room, so cost will be a factor. But we of course want to be as safe as possible. Are lips necessary? What chemically-resistant surface do you have? (Yes, we have professionals on this, but this community always has great suggestions.)

Thanks,

Joanne

Anne Bentley, Lewis & Clark College
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Ours are older and seem to be made of wood / particle board (?), but they do have lips.  Very essential in earthquake-prone areas.  Michigan may be less at risk for earthquakes, but I would think that they'd be useful in any kind of disaster, like a gentle tornado or very strong windstorm.  If they're quite pricey I suppose you could only install some and save those shelves for your more dangerous materials.

Joanne Stewart, Hope College
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It looks like we may be going with steel shelves with some sort of plastic liners/trays. I think this is going to be expensive. The professionals will make sure we meet code, but I'm still interested in hearing what others have done.