From: "Debbie M. Decker" <dmdecker**At_Symbol_Here**UCDAVIS.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] industrial chemical storage room - fire safety question
Date: August 30, 2012 6:33:14 PM EDT
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A researcher, who wasn’t from around here, told me a story about “common sense.”  At his home institution, it was common sense to never assume that the power would remain on for the duration of an experiment requiring electricity.  Or that the electricity would come on at all. It was also common sense to never trust that the water was useable – even the deionized water – or that it would be delivered at a (relatively) constant pressure.  I am, thus, very cautious when I use the term “common sense.”


I don’t understand the fire marshal concern either, since the doors are on automatic closers if there’s an alarm.  I would go back to your fire marshal and ask (politely!) what the rationale is for requiring the doors to be closed.  He may not be aware that the doors are on an alarm-triggered automatic closer.


My two cents,




Debbie M. Decker, CCHO

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On Behalf Of Ernest Lippert
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2012 1:18 PM

Common sense


Ernie Lippert

On Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 3:21 PM, Wallace, Michele <MWallace**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:


We recently had the local fire marshal inspect our facility.  During the inspection he noted that the doors between the 4 chemical storage areas in our pilot manufacturing area (which is not air conditioned as textile mills do not have AC) were open, as well as the doors leading to the manufacturing lab area.  We are a research facility – not a true industrial plant – but this area is like a mini- textile mill.    We have never had the fire marshal note that these doors need to be closed in prior years.


Since it can get very hot and humid in the summer, we keep the doors open for ventilation and keep fans blowing, which is important for the people working and for the chemicals.  (We store only one  water-reactive that is flammable in that area.) I think we could have other hazards as well by having the doors closed –more than the fire concern since they are on automatic closers if there is an alarm.  So my question is – does anyone know of anything I could give to the fire marshal to back up our reasoning/need for having the doors open?


Thanks for your help.


Michele  Wallace


Michele L. Wallace, NRCC-CHO

Associate Director, Product Integrity

6399 Weston Parkway  Cary, NC 27513
P: 919-678-2417 E: MWallace**At_Symbol_Here**



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