Date: Fri, 19 May 2006 10:04:44 -0500
Reply-To: Diane Amell <Diane.Amell**At_Symbol_Here**STATE.MN.US>
Sender: DCHAS-L Discussion List <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU>
From: Diane Amell <Diane.Amell**At_Symbol_Here**STATE.MN.US>
Subject: Re: Venting flammable storage cabinets
Comments: To: pmorgan**At_Symbol_Here**EHS.UMASS.EDU
NFPA 30 Chapter 6 states:6.3.4* The storage cabinet shall not be
required by this code to be vented for fire protection purposes, and
vent openings shall be sealed with the bungs supplied with the cabinet
or with bungs specified by the cabinet manufacturer. However, if the
storage cabinet is vented for any reason, the cabinet shall be vented
directly to outdoors in such a manner that will not compromise the
specified performance of the cabinet and in a manner that is acceptable
to the authority having jurisdiction. Appendix A explains why:
A.6.3.4 Venting of storage cabinets has not been demonstrated to be
necessary for fire protection purposes. Additionally, venting a cabinet
could compromise the ability of the cabinet to adequately protect its
contents from involvement in a fire because cabinets are not generally
tested with any venting. Therefore, venting of storage cabinets is not

Hope this helps clear this up.
- Diane Amell, MNOSHA

>>> "Yung Morgan"  5/19/2006 9:20:50 AM >>>

Dear members,

What is your opinion or experience with venting flammable storage
Our local fire department seems to be against the idea as it may
the integrity of the cabinets. The design architects seem to agree with
fire dept. As a former lab worker, with a lot of  lab and cabinet
inspections to contend with, I am in favor of venting the cabinets  to
prevent odor from spills and or possible leaks of odoriferous
Your opinion will be appreciated and the resulting comments posted for
list serve members.
Thank you in advance for your help.   

Yung Morgan, MsPH
Chemical Safety 
Industrial Hygiene Services
Environmental Health and Safety
117 Draper hall 
UMASS,Amherst MA 01003
phone (413)  545-2682
Fax  (413) 545-2600
email : pmorgan**At_Symbol_Here**

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