Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2005 16:57:02 -0500
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Subject: Re: safety shower location

From: "Teresa Robertson" 
Date: November 30, 2005 4:48:32 PM EST
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] safety shower location

> >I'm going to be a lone voice in the wilderness of this discussion and
> insist there are safety showers in the hall.   Put them in the labs
> if there is space and the intended use will require it, absolutely,
> but put them in the hall as well.
> >The reason is this - if that lab goes up in a conflagration you
> aren't going to want to stick around.  I have PERSONALLY witnessed
> such an incident - three coworkers hit by an explosion of
> concentrated acid waste and flaming organic waste that were
> accidentally mixed.  A 12-foot double hood going up in flames so
> fierce that smoke rolled back down every hood on the entire floor.

Well now, I guess we should have showers both in the labs, and in the

We had a drill that would support Dr. Toreki's experience.  We had a
"fire" in a storage area of the Science Stockroom.  The County Fire  
set up a smoke machine for the "reality effect."  The exhaust fan in our
flammable storage area pulled the smoke in such a manor as to fill half
the rooms of the Stockroom with smoke, one of which was the area  
where the
shower is.  We had a "victim" on the floor in an area that became
smoke-filled, unconscious, and splashed with a corrosive and toxic  

When our Public Safety responded, they took the "victim", not deeper  
the smoke, but to the out-of-doors, where (eventually) she was washed  
with one of the hoses on the fire truck.


Teresa R. Robertson, B.S., NRCC-CHO
Certified Chemical Hygiene Officer
Instructional Support, Chemistry Department

Natural Sciences and Mathematics
California State University
9001 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield, CA  93311-1099

Member of:
The Laboratory Safety Institute (LSI),
The American Chemical Society (ACS),
The National Registry of Certified Chemists (NRCC),
The National Association of Chemical Hygiene Officers (NACHO)
The National Association of Scientific Materials Managers (NAOSMM)

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