Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2009 19:42:15 EST
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From: Jim Kaufman <Labsafe**At_Symbol_Here**AOL.COM>
Subject: Re: Eyewash Flushing
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The responsibility for flushing the eyewash fountains should belong to the users in research groups and the students in the lab courses.
In research groups: Let each member of the group be responsible fo r flushing the eyewash(es) for one month.  The PI can have the first month. 
We say "Safety is everyone's responsibility."  Here's a good way t o practice it.
In courses with labs: Post the names of the students in the course next to the eyewash and have a different student flush and then sign and dat e the list.  Make it part of the curriculum.
Stop being their parent.  Spend your time and money on other things.
James A. Kaufman, Ph.D.

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  1. Eyewash / shower flushing frequency (2)

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

As campus facilities resources tighten, we have been aske d if it is 
really necessary to flush eyewashes and safety showers wee kly. To 
respond intelligently, we are thinking of taking random sampl es of 
eyewash and safety shower water and testing them for the pres ence of 
Legionella and Acanthamoeba. We have a variety of these fixtu res 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
Universi ty of Vermont
Environmental Safety Facility
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