Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2010 08:51:56 -0700
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From: Karen Smith <smithkl**At_Symbol_Here**WHITMAN.EDU>
Subject: Re: Lab safety showers
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Last May ANSI introduced standards that require an annual full 15  
minute flush and calculation of the flow rate of eye washes and  
showers.  As the person that checks all 64 eyewashes/ showers on  
campus let me say that floor drains would've been a godsend.   My  
showers will fill a 30 gallon bucket anywhere from 30 seconds to 1  
minute.   I tried using a sump pump to direct the water into a sink,  
but those drains are overwhelmed in 3 minutes.   Where I have windows  
that will open, I run the hose out the building.   For those that I  
don't have windows I haven't come up with a good solution yet.   Ideas  
anyone?   Physical plant has told me just to run hose from the lab on  
the 3rd floor all the way through the building and out the front  
door.    I understand the reasoning behind prohibiting floor drains -  
but can't they come up with drains that will remain closed until  
someone opens them?

Karen Smith, CSMM
Chemistry Stockroom Manager/ CHO
Whitman College
345 Boyer Ave.
Walla Walla, WA 99362
509 527-5272

On Oct 20, 2010, at 4:21 PM, List Moderator wrote:

> From: "Celia K. Williams" 
> Date: October 20, 2010 7:19:40 PM EDT
> Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Lab safety showers
> Has anyone recently installed safety showers in their labs? Do you
> have any tips you may share. We are following the ANSI standard but
> are there are recent guidelines?
> Thanks
> Celia

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