From: Ralph B Stuart <rstuart**At_Symbol_Here**CORNELL.EDU>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Lab equipment fire hazard management?
Date: September 27, 2012 8:27:41 AM EDT
Reply-To: DCHAS-L <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU>
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We had a water bath fire recently that led to water damage in labs below the site of the fire. The building's safety committee would like to take advantage of this learning moment to circulate best practices for managing the potential of a fire associated with lab equipment. However, we're having trouble with identifying specific pointers in this regard and I haven't come up with a google search yet that yields something appropriate for a one memo that addresses the issue. One idea that came up was putting timers on equipment so that they won't be left on for long periods of time through forgetfulness.

I wonder if anyone on DCHAS-L has something along these lines.

Thanks for any help with this.

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart CIH
Chemical Hygiene Officer
Department of Environmental Health and Safety
Cornell University


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