[Histonet] formalin storage

Merced M Leiker leiker <@t> buffalo.edu
Fri Sep 11 09:39:55 CDT 2009

Flash pt of 100-200 F?  I just converted it - that's around 37-93 C.  That 
doesn't sound right. We routinely make our own 10% NBF (4% PFA) and heat it 
at 60-80 C in the process.  We don't have to label the waste as combustible.


--On Friday, September 11, 2009 9:15 AM -0400 "Riesen, Rebecca" 
<Rebecca.Riesen <@t> nchmd.org> wrote:

> We have been directed by our Safety Officer to store all formalin (37%
> and 10% NBF) in a flammable storage room, cabinet or container.  Yes,
> 37% Formalin we do store in this manner, but I have never heard of this
> requirement for 10%NBF.  I looked on line to many MSDS sheets from
> different vendors and found only one that stated such storage
> requirements for 10% NBF.  During this search I found all but one
> company states that formalin is not flammable.  I brought this to the
> Safety Officer.  He agrees that it is not "flammable" but that it IS
> "combustible".  Combustible=Flash point of 100F to 200F.  Of the dozen
> sites I visited I found the following data concerning the Flash Point of
> 10% NBF: from "NA / >200F / 122F to 185F".  The NFPA (National Fire
> Protection Agency) guideline of no more than 1 gallon in a flammable
> storage container and 1 gallon outside of a safety cabinet/container per
> 100 square feet is already quite limiting.  Using this guideline, we
> have calculated acceptable volumes of the known flammables (Alcohols and
> Xylenes) we can store.  Adding 10% NBF to the equation will have us
> traveling to our "bulk" storage area constantly.  Does anyone out there
> store 10%NBF in flammable cans/cabinets?
> Riesen, Rebecca
> Rebecca.Riesen <@t> nchmd.org
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Merced M Leiker
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