I agree with Dr. McClellan. This is an issue of business continuity and critical asset identification and management. Our preclinical drug safety facility identified our critical assets, processes and operations and where necessary built in redundancies such as back-up electrical power, etc. This resulted in the preparation of a business continuity plan which we exercise annually with a tabletop exercise. No OSHA standard involved but just good business.
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Sent: Thursday, July 08, 2010 11:49 PM
To: Crouse, William; List DCHAS-L Discussion
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Emergency Action Plan for science labs
Please do not misinterpret what I am going to say. I view this as a "Common Sense" Practice that is not covered by any Government regulation or guidance, even if it was I would seek advice elsewhere. You might try to make contact with personnel in a nearby commercial "Contract Research Organization" to see how they handle these situations.
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Sent: Thu, July 8, 2010 6:34:38 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] 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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