CASE STUDY: UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
The University of Arkansas contacted US Chemical after deciding to relocate and collate all lab chemicals to a central location on campus. They saw a need to secure the materials in a location central to all departments and allow for a single point delivery of new material and single point pick up of wasted material. This allowed for easier inventory control and monitored access to the materials.
The university expressed that other universities were expressing interest to this approach from a safety and cost advantage. This also allowed the old storage space within the classrooms to be used for other applications and reduced fire and explosion risk where students gathered.
Our client requested a non-fire rated CHEMLoc and a 4-hour fire rated SUPERLoc chemical storage building. It is a priority to maintain laboratory chemicals that are being stored, while keeping your chemical storage building compliant. Our client’s CHEMLoc storage building included non-explosion proof air conditioning, a non-explosion proof heating system, a non-explosion proof refrigeration system, and non-explosion proof mechanical ventilation for complete manageability. Laboratory chemicals must be maintained properly in order to avoid hazardous situations.
The SUPERLoc chemical storage building was designed specifically for flammable and combustible materials storage. The building consisted of an explosion proof air conditioner and an explosion proof heater for keeping chemicals at their specific temperature. We also installed an explosion proof mechanical ventilation system to rid the chemical storage environment of toxic fumes and gases. Our electric accessories on this building consisted of an explosion proof interior light switch and explosion proof interior lighting for increased safety purposes.