The OSHA requirements regarding extinguishers apply to three types of w orkplaces where an employer: a) has chosen to evacuate all employ ees at the time of an emergency b) has chosen to allow some employees t o fight fires and to evacuate all other non-essential employees in an e mergency c) has chosen to permit all employees in the workplace to use portable fire extinguishers to fight fires If MTSU has est ablished an emergency or fire prevention plan that meets the requiremen ts of 29 CFR 1910.38 and 29 CFR 1910.39 and they've elected to be the f irst type workplace, there is no issue and the administration is correc t. The information contained in this e-mail message and any attac hments may be confidential. It is intended only for the use of the indi vidual or entities named above. If the reader of this message is not th e intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, d istribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify us immedi ately by e-mail at the originating address. Chief Warde n Peter Lazarski Nationalgrid USA Chemical Laboratory , Bldg. 1 7437 Henry Clay Blvd. Liverpool, NY 13088 Phone: (315) 460-2114 Fax: (315) 460-8578 Email: peter.lazar ski**At_Symbol_Here**us.ngrid.com -----Original Message----- From: DCHAS-L Discussi on List [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**list.uvm.edu] On Behalf Of Karen Messana S ent: Monday, November 24, 2008 4:42 PM To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU Su bject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Fire extinguishers in research and teaching labs It is possible that someone at the University has misinterpreted the OS HA requirements for fire extinguisher use by volunteers versus members of a fire brigade. In fact, no actual hands-on training is even requir ed for voluntary use. A simple video or brochure, along with any unive rsity policy would address voluntary use of the fire extinguishers available to the lab personnel. Karen Messana, CS P Former University Fire Marshal From: DCHAS-L Discussion Li st [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**list.uvm.edu] On Behalf Of List Moderator Sent: Monday, November 24, 2008 9:14 AM To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU Subjec t: [DCHAS-L] Fire extinguishers in research and teaching labs Thi s is an e-mail from another list that I am on that I thought would be of interest to DCHAS-L... - Ralph From: swihar t**At_Symbol_Here**PURDUE.EDU Subject: [SAFETY] anybody here from Murfreesboro? Da te: November 24, 2008 9:06:21 AM EST (CA) Our Chemistry De partment received a "survey" from a person in the Chemistry Departmen t at Middle Tennessee State University. The Dept Head asked me to r espond to the survey. At MTSU some of the Chem faculty and gradua te students are apparently very upset that the university administrat ion has forbidden them to use fire extinguishers in their research an d teaching labs. The survey sender wrote "The reason given is tha t the university cannot bear the enormous expense required to train a group of experienced graduate faculty and research scientists in the complicated procedures involved in using a fire extinguisher. " That made me sigh a sad sigh, those of you in universities know why, but anyway, if there's anyone in this list that is at MTSU, I w ould enjoy corresponding with you about how I might be able to 1 -- find the appropriate address to copy my reply to this "survey" to someone in the MTSU administration, and 2 -- get tips on how to persuade *my* university administration to consider such a plan . Thanks! Linda ********************* *********************************************************** This e-mail and any files transmitted with it, are confidential to National Grid and ar e intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are a ddressed. If you have received this e-mail in error, please reply to this m essage and let the sender know.
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