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Subject: Re: New Chemistry Laboratories, 3 more replies

Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2003 09:18:17 -0700
From: Larry Gibbs 
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] New Chemistry Laboratories


The URL below points to a set of guidelines we developed at Stanford
University.  Each guideline provides a reference to a code or best
practice citation for that guideline.

Larry Gibbs

Lawrence M. Gibbs, CIH
Associate Vice Provost
Environmental Health and Safety
EH&S - 480 Oak Road
Stanford University
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Subject: RE: [DCHAS-L] New Chemistry Laboratories
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2003 23:55:47 -0500
From: "John E Pingel" 


One of the first things you might do is to call around to major campuses
that are within traveling distance for two purposes.  First, find one or
more campuses that recently remodeled or built labs for the purposes you
will need and sit down and talk to the chemistry people about the labs
and their experience.  They may also have drawings and documents they
would be willing to loan you.  Second, arrange to tour a few additional
campuses (as you have time and need), to find out what those who are
responsible for the labs like and don't like and to see for yourself
what you like and don't like about them.  Take photos to review later
and to show (or email, if you use digital) what you want and don't want,
and consider taking along a tape measure to quickly measure aisle and
other widths you like or don't like.  You can take along more, like a
noise meter and vaneometer if you want to get more involved.

Of all the parties involved in the building process, you are the one who
will be most impacted by the functionality aspect of the design of the
labs once they are built, and you will want to assure that that aspect
of the design meets your needs. When remodeling some of the teaching
labs here, even though we worked with an A&E who had good lab experience
and didn't shirk responsibilities, we still chose to keep proactively
involved in decisions affecting functionality, from the layout of the
labs and arrangements, dimensions and types of storage and counterspace
all the way down to details like increasing the number of fluorescent
tubes over what standardly came in the hoods and asking for samples of
different colors of countertops so that we could test them with the
chemicals we use in the teaching labs to see what color of countertop
stained the least.

John Pingel
Division of Research Safety, Illinois
(formerly supervisor of the chemistry labs)

From: "Dawn Ianson" 
Subject: RE: New Chemistry Laboratories, 3 responses
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2003 08:46:39 -0700

There is a really good book out there called "Guidelines for Laboratory
Design Health and Safety Considerations" by Louis J Diberardinis, Janet S.
Saum, Melvin First, Gari T. Gatwood and Anand K. Seth. I got a copy through
the ACGIH. This will help you with the placements of hood, Air flow and
workflow considerations etc.


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