Corrosive Materials

UNB Reference Number: 7824
Authorized by: J. M. Anderson, President,
Effective Date: December 1, 1978
Revised: September 2001
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To outline procedures relating to corrosive materials.


All University personnel using corrosive materials.


A corrosive material is any substance which when in contact with living tissue causes severe damage, or which when in contact with organic matter or with certain chemicals may cause fire.


  • Corrosive liquids used in work areas shall be stored in as small a container as practical; containers or corrosives used in laboratories shall not have more than a four litre capacity and not more than two containers of a material shall be kept in any area. Open containers of corrosive liquids shall not be permitted.
  • Storage of corrosive liquids above shoulder height shall not be permitted. Corrosives shall be stored in an ULC approved corrosives cabinet or other area where the probability of accidental breakage is minimized.
  • When corrosives stored in glass containers are transported, these containers shall be inside a rubber bucket to minimize the possibility for breakage.
  • Corrosive liquids shall be stored separately from flammable liquids.
  • Containers shall be provided in lab areas for the collection of waste corrosive materials.
  • All containers of corrosive liquids shall be W.H.M.I.S. labelled with the chemical name, the phrase "CORROSIVE" and reference to the availability of a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).
  • Corrosive liquids shall not be transported on passenger elevators without adequate safeguards and passengers shall not be transported at the same time.
  • Personal protective clothing, e.g., safety goggles, rubber gloves, lab coats, etc., shall be worn by all persons handling corrosive substances.