Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2009 13:12:46 -0500
Reply-To: Ralph Stuart <rstuart**At_Symbol_Here**UVM.EDU>
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From: Ralph Stuart <rstuart**At_Symbol_Here**UVM.EDU>
Subject: Eyewash / shower flushing frequency
Comments: To: SAFETY

As campus facilities resources tighten, we have been asked if it is  
really necessary to flush eyewashes and safety showers weekly. To  
respond intelligently, we are thinking of taking random samples of  
eyewash and safety shower water and testing them for the presence of  
Legionella and Acanthamoeba. We have a variety of these fixtures on  
campus that are known to have been flushed on different schedules.

We're a little discouraged by the cost of the tests ($400/fixture) and  
we're trying to gauge if other locations have done similar sampling  
and how useful the resulting information is.

I appreciate any information people are willing to share.

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart, CIH
Environmental Safety Manager
University of Vermont
Environmental Safety Facility
667 Spear St. Burlington, VT  05405

fax: (802)656-5407

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