From: Lucy Dillman <lucydillman**At_Symbol_Here**COMCAST.NET>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Earthquake Drills in the Lab
Date: Wed, 14 Oct 2015 19:19:08 -0700
Reply-To: DCHAS-L <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU>
Message-ID: 24DE3BDCEBD14D1D9655B55E85B0DE37**At_Symbol_Here**LucyPC

In my experience, when it is a real earthquake, you get little if any warning so taking care of turning off electrical equipment, etc. just isn't going to happen.  Having a neat and orderly lab with as little on the bench as is needed for the immediate work, so as to minimize potential exposures, and securing equipment so it doesn't fall over easily, just good lab hygiene at all times is number one, but drop cover and hold until the shaking stops and hope for the best. 
Lucy Dillman
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From: Nail, John
Sent: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 4:56 AM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Earthquake Drills in the Lab

When there is a lab disruption (fire/earthquake/tornado drill or a real event, whenever possible), students/faculty/researchers should immediately 'make the lab safe'. All containers of flammable solvents go into flammable cabinets or hoods, electrical equipment being used at lab stations (hot plates, stirrers, heating mantles, etc.) get unplugged.  Separate things that were being heated from the heat source - take beakers/flasks/baths off of heat plates, drop heating mantles away from round bottom flasks, etc.

Ensure that all gas valves are closed. Close the master gas valve in the lab if there is one. BTW- always check the valves before opening the master.

Only when the lab has been 'made safe' will I release students for the drill or event.

I know of an incident in which a hotplate was left on during an evacuation which resulted in a real fire starting while the building was empty.

John Nail
Professor of Chemistry
Oklahoma City University

From: DCHAS-L Discussion List <dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**> on behalf of Melissa Anderson <mwanderson08**At_Symbol_Here**GMAIL.COM>
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Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 5:19 PM
To: "DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU" <dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Earthquake Drills in the Lab

Our campus is having an earthquake drill this week during my general chemistry laboratory. I'm a transplant to Southern California and, while I know the general principles of dropping down and getting under a desk, etc. I'd like hear if anyone has specific advice for laboratory students in the event of an earthquake.

Chemistry Instructor
Pasadena City College
Melissa Anderson
Chair, Learning Assessment Committee
Pasadena City College

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