Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2010 12:44:18 GMT
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Subject: Re: Emergency Action Plan for science labs
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These batteries should not have to be reported under Tier II.  They fit 
into the same category as forklift batteries, which are much bigger, whi
ch do not have to be reported.
Lynn Knudtson

---------- Original Message ----------
From: Don Wanamaker 
To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Emergency Action Plan for science labs
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2010 13:49:18 -0400

Wouldn't the Uninterupted Power Supply as described be excluded from 

compliance with Community Right To Know requirements since the batteries

consumer products and/or articles as defined by OSHA?  This question com

up often for quantities above certain thresholds and becomes very onerou
s if 

the local jurisdiction also requires a Risk Management Plan if over that

threshold quantity.  If there's no risk to the community if one of these

batteries leaked, why not exclude it from CRTK reporting if, in fact, th

batteries meet either definition?
Don Wanamaker
Environmental Management, Ltd.

----- Original Message ----- 

From: "Eric Clark" 
Sent: Monday, July 12, 2010 12:01 PM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Emergency Action Plan for science labs

Most emergency power generators typically don't service the entire build

just the critical systems, and those are the ones with the red plugs or 

otherwise hard-wired into the building grid.  Even that might not suffic

for your needs, a typical emergency power generator requires 6 or 7 seco

before it actually restores power.  But as we all know, that kind of pow

interruption can disrupt hundreds of sensitive automated laboratory anal

that took hours to set up.  As Arnold would say:  Beeeg Problem (especia

if you have insufficient samples for re-runs!).
That's where the Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) comes in.  It's basica

a bank of several dozen continually-charging car batteries that will pro

sufficient continuous AC power for 10 - 15 seconds to ultra-critical sys

until the emergency power generator kicks in.  And there are no moving 

parts.  There are lots of different kinds out there.  We happen to use t

Eaton Powerware 9390 - actually two of them, set up side by side.
One more thing about the UPS.  Don't forget to report the lead and sulfu

acid on the annual Community Right To Know forms AND tell the local fire

department about them and show them where they are!

Eric Clark, MS, CCHO, CHMM
Safety & Compliance Officer
Los Angeles County Public Health Laboratory

>>> "Schmidt-Nebril, Kathleen"  7/8/2010 5:34 PM
My university recently was hit with a four day power outage due to sever

storms.  Our science building is recently new and has a back up generato

however none of the main lab instruments or equipment were backed up to 

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 o

our labs in the event we go through something like this again.  I am the

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 

incorporate a "what to do" list for example if none of the scientists we

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 

document  anyone who might have to respond and use our action list?


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