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Chemical cabinet: features and equipment

Chemical cabinets are designed to store toxic or otherwise hazardous non-hazardous chemical substances. They are generally equipped with compartments in which the substances are stored upright in suitable containers. Since the container size can vary greatly depending on the chemical and the application, the shelves are usually adjustable to suit the requirements.

  • The cabinet can also be equipped with a drip tray which should be able to hold at least 10 % of the volume to be stored.
  • The shelves can be partially pulled out to allow safe access to containers at the back.
  • To prevent unauthorised access, the lockers can be locked and their latches are equipped with appropriate safety devices.
  • The sturdy trenches can be easily fixed to guarantee safer storage and retrieval.
  • Ventilation provides additional protection against toxic atmospheres inside the cabinet.

For flammable and explosive materials, a fireproof safety cabinet can also be used. Acids and alkalis are best kept in an acid-alkali cabinet. Other storage options are a gas cylinder cabinet for pressurised gas cylinders, an environmental cabinet for environmentally hazardous substances or a drum cabinet for large drums.

Chemical cabinet: regulations and standards

Important requirements for the storage of hazardous substances are laid down in the Technical Regulations for Hazardous Substances (TRGS) . TRGS 510 applies to hazardous substances in portable containers. If flammable substances are also stored, EN14470-1 also applies to flammable liquids. Corresponding regulations also apply to chemical cabinets, and many of the cabinet models at comply with the relevant regulations.

Chemical cabinets must ensure that the chemical substances can be stored in a stable and tilt-proof manner. The containers must always be closed and, in addition, be suitable for the chemicals and labelled accordingly. The cabinets should also have a venting facility. This can be ventilation slots or a possibility to connect the cabinet to a technical ventilation system.

Ventilation: chemical cabinet with exhaust system

Integrated ventilation is an essential feature of a chemical cabinet and of great importance. Despite great care, it is possible for chemicals to escape, for example through defective closures. Substances with a high vapour pressure can also outgas and thus form a dangerous mixture in combination with other chemicals.

To protect employees from toxic vapours and gases when opening and closing the cabinet, the chemical cabinet should have an extraction system. A technical ventilation system ensures continuous safety inside the cabinet. If very different substances are stored in the cabinet, it may also make sense to use separate ventilation systems for the individual cabinet areas.

Design variants of a chemical cabinet

Depending on the quantity, variety and chemical nature of the substances to be stored , different designs are available for a chemical cabinet. The internal operating processes also have an influence on the choice of cabinet.

The size: large or small chemical cabinet?

Chemical cabinets are available in a wide range of sizes, and both width and height can be combined very flexibly. Low cabinets are particularly suitable for storing very heavy containers that should not be lifted above head height. A small chemicals cabinet, for example, is the asecos CS-CLASSIC (width 105 cm, height 110 cm).

Different types of tren

In most cases, the doors can be adapted very individually and are tailored to the personal needs of the user. Wing doors are the most common variant and can be selected as a single door with a right or left stop or as a double door for wider doors. Other options are folding doors, which are more space-saving but usually require more maintenance due to their folding mechanism.

Glass cut-out and colour

Appearance is also an important criterion when choosing the right model. At, you can choose from many different colours for the chemical cabinets. For example, you have the option of neutral or signal colours to match the laboratory equipment. The cabinets can also have a glass cut-out for easy viewing of the contents.

Complement with Type 90 unit

In order to better store flammable and combustible substances, chemical cabinets must comply with the necessary additional safety regulations. Therefore, it is possible to supplement individual cabinets with an additional unit, which is made of special fire-resistant material and corresponds to the fire protection classes Type 30 or Type 90.

Chemical cabinets for laboratory and industry Manufacturer at

With safety cabinets from you buy systems from the industry leaders. We offer the following manufacturers:


asecos is Europe’s leading manufacturer of safety cabinets. Since 1994, the company has stood for safety and environmental protection and has anchored this company philosophy in its company name. The name asecos is derived from a combination of the words security and ecology. The asecos portfolio of chemical safety cabinets includes models with a wide range of equipment and sizes.


The family-owned company Düperthal is the technology leader in Germany. The customer-oriented company sets the quality standards for chemical storage and the storage of other hazardous substances. An example of the products at is the Düperthal chemical cabinet L with type 90 unit.

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If you want to expand your laboratory equipment with a chemical cabinet, we are happy to be your competent partner. Contact us at any time and our experts will advise you personally and comprehensively on the selection of the right equipment for your requirements. You can reach our team by phone at +49 30 2096579 00 or by e-mail at [email protected]