Yes! We had an entire 4 L bottle of methylene chloride dropped and broken because of someone struggling with a self-closing door. I too prefer the doors which are not self closing. Like at your facility, we have not had p roblems with people leaving the doors open.
Health, Safety and Training Team Leader
West Pharmaceutical Services
101 Gordon Drive
Lionville, PA 19342
We have had chemicals dropped a few times because of the sel f closing doors. Has anyone else had this problem? In trying to keep the door open, or not realizing how close the door is people have bumped the door pulling out the ch emical and dropped the bottle. Our older cabinets are not self closin g and we don’t have a problem with the doors being left open. I prefer those that are not self closing.
MaryAnn Yaeger, MS
Supervisor of Laboratory Services,
Chemical Hygiene Officer
120 N. State Street
Dover DE 19901
State and local codes will vary so you should consul t your local or state fire marshal's office. For example, it is my u nderstanding that California requires self-closing doors. The major U S manufacturers sell both manual and automatic door models, so there is obviously no federal requirement.
Given the obvious safety advantages of automatic doo r closers, the question should be why one would wish to defeat a safety fea ture that is, at best, a trivial annoyance. I strongly endorse their use whenever feasible.
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On Nov 4, 2010, at 5:19 PM, Bradley, Shelly wrote:
Are self-closing doors required on flammable ca binets? (Specifically those under fume hoods)
If not, are there any restrictions on removing
closers from flammable cabinet doors as long as the door latches?
Laboratory Development Assistant
Campus Chemical Compliance Director
Conway, AR 72032
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