Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2003 20:51:17 -0400
Reply-To: Anton Bohn <Anton.Bohn**At_Symbol_Here**USA.DUPONT.COM>
Sender: DCHAS-L Discussion List <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU>
From: Anton Bohn <Anton.Bohn**At_Symbol_Here**USA.DUPONT.COM>
Subject: Re: Safety Shower Requirement
Comments: To: "Donald A. Wiebe"
         There is no regulation that I'm aware of that requires shower
drains.  Did they quote a citation?  I'd be
interested to hear the rationale for removing the showers.  We have similar
installations in many of our laboratory
buildings.  The cost of retrofitting drains is prohibitive in existing
facilities.  We have taken the position that we would
rather deal with the water on the floor than deny someone the use of the
safety shower.  Use of full safety showers is
a very rare event for us.  We do have separate eyewash and drench hose
installations in the labs which are mounted
at sinks and drain into them, which minimizes the need for the safety
shower.  Hope you're able to keep your safety

Tony Bohn
DuPont Safety Consultant
Ex Central R&D Safety Manager
Wilmington, Delaware

"Donald A. Wiebe" **At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU> on 08/08/2003
11:56:33 AM

Please respond to "Donald A. Wiebe" 

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Subject:    [DCHAS-L] Safety Shower Requirement

I'm looking for input on safety regulations with regards to
laboratory showers.  We have several showers located in the hallways
around our clinical laboratories at the University of Wisconsin
Hospital and Clinics.  A State of Wisconsin survey team have sited us
for having these showers and not providing drains below the showers.
Their recommendation is to put in drains or remove the showers.  The
UW hospital safety officer in formed me they plan to remove the
showers - unless I can find a regulation that would argue in favor of
these safety devices. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
Seems like we make strides in the right direction and then can
quickly retreat!

Thanks for any input!

Donald A. Wiebe, PhD
Madison, WI

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