From: Janet Baum <baum.janet**At_Symbol_Here**GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Drinking Fountain in the Lab
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:33:15 -0600
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Michael, The question for you to ask is who in your organization told the lab designer and/or the plumbing engineer to install 2 drinking fountains in this laboratory? Due to the cost and risk factors, normally no experienced lab designer or engineer would ever add drinking fountains in a lab. This doesn't meet current professional standards and doesn't make any sense. Who requested this installation?
Janet Baum, AIA
Washington University in St. Louis

On Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 10:05 AM, Michael Hojjatie <mhojjatie**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:

We are in the process of building a new Lab and it is almost ready for occupation.

The Lab designer has put two drinking fountains in the Lab. I believe this is not allowed per OSHA's Laboratory Standards, however, the discussion is that "there is minimum chance of chemical contamination" with these drinking fountains. I have requested the removal of these, but it would be costly at this point. I have two questions:

Are the drinking fountains allowed in the Lab area?

Is it OK to shut down the water source at this point and leave the fountains there?

I appreciate the expert opinions on this subject.

Michael Hojjatie, Ph.D.

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