Kyle et al.,
Do you have (or are you planning) fume hoods? With volatile hazardous materials (such as flammable organic solvents), plan on most of the work being done in a fume hood. Open bench tops are good for balances, melt-temps, etc.
If you possibly can, build in your wheel-chair accessible workstation NOW: bench, sink & fume hood accessible to a short person in a wheelchair. Make sure that person can get to, reach, and activate the shower & eyewash stations. Can a wheelchair user evacuate from the building without using an elevator?
At least one other station should be accessible to a person who cannot stand - a knee space allows sitting on a stool or chair. Almost all our labs have counters flush with drawers underneath & no knee spaces.
Sheila Kennedy, CHO
Safety Coordinator | Teaching Laboratories
UCSD Chemistry & Biochemistry
s1kennedy**At_Symbol_Here**ucsd.edu | http://www-chem.ucsd.edu
From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Strode, Kyle
Sent: Friday, October 19, 2012 9:29 AM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] lab remodel with chemical safety in mind
We are in the planning stages for a remodel of an existing engineering lab into a chemistry undergraduate research laboratory. How should the room be outfitted in terms of chemical safety considerations?
We are thinking
- ABC Fire extinguisher (do we need a D?)
- Eyewash stations at each sink
- Shower just outside the door (already in place)
- First aid box on wall
- Fire blanket
What are we missing?
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