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Controlled and Listed Substances

Several storage options for controlled substances are shown below. These are not the only ones available, but represent some choices. If you using a current configuration that you believe meet the requirements, contact the EHSS Program Administrator for approval.

The features to look for are:

  • A cabinet that is of sturdy construction and can be securely locked,
  • UL burglary-resistant locks are preferred.
  • Padlocks and hinges must have the mounting screws or bolts of the hasp inaccessible when the door is closed and lock is fastened.

Other requirements:

  • The safe or cabinet cannot be placed in a hallway or corridor.
  • The storage unit must only be used for controlled substances and their inventory logs.
  • Do not transfer controlled substances from its original container for storage purposes.
  • For keyed locks, the keys must be in the physical custody of an authorized person at all times. Do not store keys in a drawer or on the wall.
  • When an authorized person is no longer authorized (leaves the Lab, changes assignments, etc.) retrieve the key or change the combination of the lock. Be sure to update your LBNL registration with the EHSS Program Administrator.
  • If your storage cabinet must be moved, notify the EHSS Program Administrator for approval of the new location.



Products from this random sampling of vendors offer a variety of storage solutions that are suitable for controlled substances.

Health Care Logistics

Global Industrial

National Business Furniture

The following examples show the diverse products offered at a variety of prices

Cabinet image


Dimensions:  30"W x 12"D x 30"H

Weight:  50 lbs.

Locker image


Dimensions:  22"W x 24"D x 38"H

Weight:  240 lbs.