You may remember hearing about the flooding problems in the Red River Valley in 1997. Everyone was affected in some way, but when the dikes were breached in Grand Forks, ND, and East Grand Forks, MN, there was no way to hold back the water. The two largest universities in the North Dakota are in the Red River Valley, and the University of ND in Grand Forks was hit hard. There were many ground floor labs and some basement labs and storage areas that were inundated. I know some first responders there who had serious dermatological problems after contact with the water in those buildings. There is almost no way to prepare for something of that magnitude, but it seems to me that if there were even a minor flood or a water main break or anything of that nature, I would prefer to have my chemical storage on an upper floor than in a basement.
Associate Director of Environmental Health and Safety
NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
NDSU Dept #3300
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
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Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Chemical Stockroom Location
Depending on your chemical load the fire code can possibly help you. If MN has adopted the International Fire Code, then there are specific limits based on types of materials, number of control areas, which floor you are located on (basements and floors 3+ have pretty low limits) and fire suppression methods.
On Tue, Oct 20, 2015 at 11:03 AM, Heather McCollor <mccollor**At_Symbol_Here**macalester.edu> wrote:
Like most colleges and universities, my school needs more space - specifically offices and teaching classrooms. One suggestion was to move the chemical stockroom from the third floor (top floor) by all the chemistry labs to the sub-basement.
Can any of you help me keep the chemical stockroom on the third floor? Is there any building code or recommended teaching protocol or some other rule of thumb that would keep me near the labs that use the chemicals?
Suzy Arnette, PhD
Lab Safety and Design Manager
Radiation Safety Officer
Boise State University
Environmental Health, Safety, and Sustainability
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