Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2010 03:10:28 -0500
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From: Christopher Suznovich <snuz**At_Symbol_Here**MAC.COM>
Subject: Re: Rec's for Spill Berms/Safety Showers?
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In the lab I am in we have a floor drain nearby but letting the shower run
for the test would be a big mess especially because the balance bench was
placed too close to the shower and the water would hit the end balance.

We have the shower test sleeve, and and bucket and I collect the water in
the bucket and dump it into the floor drain or into a sink.  The sleeve
itself has Velcro so I am just attaching around the showerhead.  Originally
it was meant to attach around a PVC pole that you would hold up to the
shower head and let the end of the sleeve fall into a bucket.

Our sleeve (replacement sleeve) was purchased from Lab Safety (LSS).  They
also have kit with the sleeve, pole, and bucket.


> From: "Cody, Regina J. (GSFC-6910)" 
> Reply-To: DCHAS-L Discussion List 
> Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 18:22:07 -0600
> To: 
> Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Rec's for Spill Berms/Safety Showers?
> Margaret,
> We have the same situation at my institution and are still moving labs into
> the new building.  What device do you have for testing the showers and
> purchased from where?
> Thank you to all who have responded with suggestions.
> Regina Cody
> Regina J. Cody
> NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
> Code 691
> Greenbelt, MD 20771
> Email: regina.cody**At_Symbol_Here**
> Telephone: 301-286-3782
> Fax: 301-286-0212
> -----Original Message-----
> From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**] On Behalf Of
> Margaret Rakas
> Sent: Friday, January 08, 2010 3:57 PM
> To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU
> Subject: [DCHAS-L] Rec's for Spill Berms/Safety Showers?
> 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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