From: Margaret Rakas <mrakas**At_Symbol_Here**SMITH.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Natural Gas in Science Buildings
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:10:38 -0400
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Our new Engineering & Molecular Sciences building was commissioned in 2009, and we have natural gas in just about every lab. However, we have a main shutoff at the front of each lab and emergency shutoffs (you just push them in) at each exit door.

I hate having natural gas in labs, but in academia, not having it is unthinkable, particularly among biologists. You can't use an electric burner for everything...

Good luck--

On Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 1:17 PM, Kohler, Christopher E <cekohler**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:


Is the installation of plumbed natural gas still allowed in new science buildings?

I assume so. On the other hand-

I was wondering if anyone absolutely prohibits the installation of natural gas and if so, why?

Many thanks,


Christopher E. Kohler

Laboratory Safety Manager

University Environmental Health and Safety

Indiana University

1514 E Third Street

Bloomington, IN 47405

(812) 855-5454


Margaret A. Rakas, Ph.D.
Manager, Inventory & Regulatory Affairs
Clark Science Center
413-585-3877 (p)

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