Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2012 16:42:32 -0500
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From: Don Abramowitz <dabramow**At_Symbol_Here**BRYNMAWR.EDU>
Subject: Re: Door swing in NMR room?
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The door swing for the NMR is based on a reason that surprised me when I first came across it.  I learned of the recommendation to have the doorswing out into the hallway from the installation manual that came with ournew NMR, purchased a couple of years ago.  (Ralph, I will track that down as a reference.)

The reason is that in the event of a quench, the extremely rapid release of gas in the room can pressurize the room to the extent that it would be impossible to open the door if you had to pull itopen.  By the time the exhaust ventilation relieved the overpressure,you'd be a goner. 

We had the carpenters reverse the swing of our door. It was quite simple and inexpensive.


Donald Abramowitz, CIH
Environmental Health & Safety Officer
Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr, PA

A question has arisen here with regard to the direction of the entrance door swing in a room containing an NMR. Some people have suggested that due to the asphyxiation potential of a quenching of the instrument, the door shouldswing out of the room into hallway. Does anyone know of a regulatory requirement for this or a reference that suggests that this be used as a best practice?

Thanks for any help with this.

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart CIH
Laboratory Ventilation Specialist
Department of Environmental Health and Safety
Cornell University


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