Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2008 07:03:32 -0500
Reply-To: "Olinger, Patricia L" <patricia.olinger**At_Symbol_Here**EMORY.EDU>
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From: "Olinger, Patricia L" <patricia.olinger**At_Symbol_Here**EMORY.EDU>
Subject: Re: Fire extinguishers in research and teaching labs
Comments: To: Karen Messana
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That has to be correct.  There is a letter of interpretation on the OSHA we
bsite.  I've used it more than once, even have received a clarification fro
m OSHA when a young inspector indicated that I had to have all my lab peopl
e take hands on.  I will look for the reference this afternoon and send it 


Patty Olinger, RBP
Director EHSO
Emory University
1462 Clifton Rd., Suite 300, Atlanta, GA  30322
404-727-5690 office  =AF  404-727-9778  fax

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ren Messana
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Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Fire extinguishers in research and teaching labs

It is possible that someone at the University has misinterpreted the OSHA
requirements for fire extinguisher use by volunteers versus members of a
fire brigade.  In fact, no actual hands-on training is even required for
voluntary use.  A simple video or brochure, along with any university polic
would address voluntary use of the fire extinguishers available to the lab

Karen Messana, CSP
Former University Fire Marshal

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This is an e-mail from another list that I am on that I thought would
be of interest to DCHAS-L...

- Ralph

From:   swihart**At_Symbol_Here**PURDUE.EDU
Subject:        [SAFETY] anybody here from Murfreesboro?
Date:   November 24, 2008 9:06:21 AM EST (CA)

Our Chemistry Department received a "survey" from a person in the
Chemistry Department at Middle Tennessee State University.   The Dept
Head asked me to respond to the survey.

At MTSU some of the Chem faculty and graduate students are apparently
very upset that the university administration has forbidden them to
use fire extinguishers in their research and teaching labs.

The survey sender wrote "The reason given is that 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 would
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.



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