Date: Mon, 1 Nov 2010 13:10:15 +0000
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From: "Williams, Mark" <Mark.Williams**At_Symbol_Here**TELEDYNEES.COM>
Subject: FW: Lab safety showers

Hi All,

Sorry, (again) I did not mean to say that the berm would catch the water from the shower. J

When your state or local agency asks you to put a berm around t he safety showers, they don’t care whether the shower water will go down the drain or not. The berm will prevent spills from going down the drain, and i f the shower water is prevented too, that probably works for them just fine.

As someone pointed out, if they ask you to put a berm around th e shower drain, you might as well just plug it, which is what we did. Now not hing will ever go down the drain, which makes our POTW happy (and our fees lower ), and if we ever activate the shower, we will get a huge mess that we will ha ve to clean up as best we can. BUT, the fees we would have to pay to keep the drains open might pay many times over for any shower incidents we might hav e.

If I ever get to the point where I understand this stuff, I am going to retire and write a bookJ

Mark Williams

Teledyne Energy Syste ms Inc.

38 Loveton Cr

Sparks MD 21152< /o:p>



From: ACTSNYC**At_Symbol_Here** CS.COM [mailto:ACTSNYC**At_Symbol_Here**CS.COM]
Sent: Friday, October 29, 2010 8:40 AM
Subject: Re: Lab safety show ers

Believing that the spill could be contained while the dr ench water would be released is the same as beleiving you could assign a section of a swimming pool for peeing.


In a message dated 10/29/2010 6:13:22 AM Eastern Daylight Time, retrosynthesis**At_Symbol_Here**GMAIL.COM writes:

My understanding is that the curb is meant to keep any spill that may occur in the laboratory from reaching the drain; it is not meant to contain the dren ch water.  There has been no mention of containing or collecting the dren ch water (thank goodness).

Best regards,

Betsy Shelton

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