Ours is the same in NC.� To further clarify, according to our fire person that 50 sq ft/person has to be unobstructed with permanent structures.� We can't count the lab bench area - only the open floor space.�
I have never measured our floor space - I might be afraid to...
50 square feet per student �?? our teaching labs are about 1200 square feet and so we accommodate 24 students in lab.
It�??s in the fire code in California.� Your mileage may vary.
Debbie M. Decker, CCHO
Department of Chemistry
University of California, Davis
1 Shields Ave.
Davis, CA� 95616
Birkett's hypothesis: "Any chemical reaction
that proceeds smoothly under normal conditions,
can proceed violently in the presence of an idiot."
This has probably been hashed over before, but it is a situation that may be cropping up at my institution and I need some �??ammo�??.� Are there and NFPA codes that anyone is aware of that limits the occupancy of a lab?� I believe that 60-70 sq ft per person is recommended, but I am unable to find any code that specifically states that.� I don�??t want our local fire marshal to �??have a cow�?? if the school overloads a lab.� I already have all my safety arguments lined out, but I�??d like some solid regs and/or codes behind me as well.
You know how these things can crop up�?|you think you�??ve drilled it into their collective heads that they can or can�??t do something, but sometimes it seems to fall on deaf ears and then you are forced to be the bad guy and say LOOK at the regs!� You CAN�??T do this. Look at the liabilities (gotto throw up those $$$ signs).
Chemistry Lab Coordinator, CHO-NRCC
Coordinator of BS-CHS program, Lecturer
WVWC �?? Chemistry Dept.
59 College Ave
Buckhannon, WV 26201
We, the willing, led by the
unknowing, are doing the impossible for the
ungrateful. � We have done so much, for so long, with
so little, we are now qualified to do everything with
Samuella B. Sigmann,
Lecturer/Safety Committee Chair
A. R. Smith Department of Chemistry
Appalachian State University
525 Rivers Street
Boone, NC� � 28608
Phone: 828 262 2755
Fax: 828 262 6558
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