Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2010 09:54:21 -0700
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From: Paul Sonnenfeld <p_sonnenfeld**At_Symbol_Here**HOTMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: Flammable storage in Walk-in Refrigerator
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May I suggest reviewing Chapters 27 and 34 of the International Fire Code ( read-only versions are available from several sites).  Perhaps a vis it from your local fire prevention officer would be appropriate.  Yo ur collaborator needs to remember that when the fire department responds to the incident at his/her lab, he/she will have to provide some answers.&n bsp; If you work for a private-sector employer who is not self-insured, I'd also suggest reviewing your fire and general liability insurance polic ies for specific language.

Unfortunately, it sounds like your coll aborator has become complacent.

Respectfully yours,
Paul So nnenfeld, CPEA

Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2010 10:33:03 - 0500
From: rlustwerk**At_Symbol_Here**VERIZON.NET
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Flammable storage in Walk-in Refrigerator
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Hello All,
I have a collaborator who is storing organic peroxides, solid and li quid, in a walk-in refrigerator/freezer.  They have done so for a number of years.  One of the new organic peroxides is a liquid with a low flashpoint (class IB flammable liquid).  At our facility, an y flammable liquids that require refrigeration are stored in flammable-safe refrigerators.  I have seen the walk-in refrigerator in question on a previous occasion and was not impressed by the housekeeping--spills on t he floor that had not been cleaned up, poor organization and poor lightin g.  I do not have juristiction over this space, but want to offer advice that pertains specifically to walk-in size refrigerators or cold roo ms.  I'm sure that one of the arguments that this collaborator will present is that the walk-in is large enough to offer sufficient dilu tion to prevent an LEL from developing.  Any regulations, stories , advice or help would be wonderful.  In addition, how does one address the issues that these materials are both flammable and oxidizers, when there may be storage with other flammable liquids--should there be en tirely separate storage?
Rigel Lustwerk

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