Date: Fri, 8 Jan 2010 15:56:35 -0500
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From: Margaret Rakas <mrakas**At_Symbol_Here**SMITH.EDU>
Subject: Rec's for Spill Berms/Safety Showers?

You know the science building, lots of code-meeting safety 
showers, and of course there are no floor drains....

I can buy spill berms...but does anyone have any other/better responses to 
what to do when the shower is actually used (not just testing, we've got a 
device for that).  My understanding is a huge amount of water gushes out, 
for 15-20 minutes, and I'm assuming the potential for leaks in the floor 
below is another issue that needs to be dealt with.  Luckily, in my time 
here we've only had one occasion when the shower was needed, and that was 
in our 'old' building, but--I'd rather plan ahead.  What DO you do with 
the water while you're waiting for the hazmat response/cleanup team to 

So if anyone has a recommendation or a "this is what happened to us" story 
that I could learn from...

Many thanks,

Margaret A. Rakas, Ph.D.
Manager, Inventory & Regulatory Affairs
Clark Science Center
Smith College
Northampton, MA. 01063
p:  413-585-3877
f:   413-585-3786 

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