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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