Date: Fri, 8 Jan 2010 22:35:25 -0500
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From: "Samuella B. Sigmann" <sigmannsb**At_Symbol_Here**APPSTATE.EDU>
Subject: Re: Rec's for Spill Berms/Safety Showers?
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Has anyone ever considered a plastic kiddie pool?  I thought about 
storing one on each floor, but I never acted on it.  Just seemed that it 
would not hold enough.  I guess someone could bail out while in use - 
but where do you put the water if it is hazardous?  How about an 
inflatable lifeboat?  At least the water would not damage things for a 
while. :-)


Margaret Rakas wrote:
> Hi,
> 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 arrive?
> So if anyone has a recommendation or a "this is what happened to us" story that I could learn from...
> Many thanks,
> Margaret
> 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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