Date: Thu, 8 Jul 2010 19:34:38 -0500
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From: "Schmidt-Nebril, Kathleen" <kschmidtnebril**At_Symbol_Here**DOM.EDU>
Subject: Emergency Action Plan for science labs

My university recently was hit with a four day power outage due to 
severe storms.  Our science building is recently new and has a back up 
generator however none of the main lab instruments or equipment were 
backed up to it. Hoods, lights and ventilation were.  In the end we are 
looking at a huge insurance claim and are now trying to prepare  an 
action plan for each of our labs in the event we go through something 
like this again.  I am the CHO for the department and was asked to put 
this together.  Does anyone know what OSHA standard, if any, I should be 
looking at for this?  They want to incorporate a "what to do" list for 
example if none of the scientists were around someone from maintenance 
could follow it to turn off sensitive equipment in our absence.  My 
thought on that is would we need to train and document  anyone who might 
have to respond and use our action list?   


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