The company I currently work for does not have floor drains for the safety showers. This confused me since my last job (in another state) were required to have them. Since as we know laws vary from area to area, the current county my company is in does not allow you to have a drain for the safety shower. If you have not done so already, check your local regulations on the matter. It may turn out that you can not have one in the first place. I would also like to point out that at my previous job the safety shower was located in the hall, not in each individual lab. We worked with some pretty hazardous materials too. We also had swinging doors to access the hallway. The shower was accessible within 10 seconds from every room. Just a little tidbit of info. Hope this helps you out.
Associate Scientist II
From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] on behalf of Reuter,Mike - Dairy One [Mike.Reuter**At_Symbol_Here**DAIRYONE.ONMICROSOFT.COM]
Sent: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 12:06 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Safety Shower Installation
Quick query. We have a new building with labs under construction and near the final phases. Ammonium Hydroxide (corrosive) will be used in a ventilation hood in one of the lab rooms. There is a sink mounted eyewash planned but I just found out that no provisions were made for a safety shower. This has now been brought to the attention of the construction group but unfortunately there is no floor drain in that lab room and it?s beyond the point where one could be installed. The group is suggesting a location for the shower that is accessible within 5 seconds of where the chemical will be used but the individual would have to proceed through a swinging door. Under ANSI Z358.1 a door is considered an obstruction for corrosive hazards. Would a swinging door still be considered an obstruction? Any advice would be great.
Michael J. Reuter
Forage Lab Chemist
Health and Safety Director
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