Date: Fri, 8 Jan 2010 13:42:37 -0800
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From: "Arvedson, Steve" <stephena**At_Symbol_Here**AMGEN.COM>
Subject: Re: Rec's for Spill Berms/Safety Showers?
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In certain cases (contaminant not flammable/reactive/highly toxic in aeroso
l form) you can keep a shop vac nearby and have somebody start vacuuming up
 the water as it's being generated.  Then the shop vac can be decontaminate
d or just disposed of as is.

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rgaret Rakas
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Subject: [DCHAS-L] Rec's for Spill Berms/Safety Showers?


You know the science building, lots of code-meeting safety show
ers, 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, f
or 15-20 minutes, and I'm assuming the potential for leaks in the floor bel
ow 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 arrive?

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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