From: ILPI Support <support**At_Symbol_Here**>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Requirements for Schlenk lines
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:34:23 -0400
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IMHO an ironclad rule like that is counterproductive.  Most research laboratories have limited hood space, and forcing someone to put a vacuum line into a hood might force something else out that really should be in there.  In addition, vacuum and Schlenk lines come in varying lengths, and you might be forcing a researcher to buy a shorter and less capable line in the interest of enforcing such a rule.  Work in hoods can also be cramped, and contorting oneself or equipment to fit could possibly contribute to accidents.

Instead, let common sense work here.  Lines should be in a hood when practical, yes.  But if they can't be, then you need to set up some best practices for when they are located outside a hood.  This includes any number of guidelines such as 1) venting all bubblers, vacuum pumps and traps to a hood, 2) putting up a sliding safety shield to protect the worker from implosions and explosions, 3) establishing a list of procedures/materials/properties that should not be manipulated outside a hood, 4) banning the use of mercury manometers etc. etc..  Except for a the first two items, this is really the same considerations we apply to whether any reaction should be run a hood or not.

Anyone with a John Bercaw-style (Caltech) line that measures 8 feet long by 4 feet wide (or more!) sitting in the middle of their lab space probably has an ample set of safety Schlenk/high vac line guidelines that would be worth sharing.

Rob Toreki

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On Apr 26, 2016, at 1:11 PM, Lisa Phillips <bognar.6**At_Symbol_Here**ND.EDU> wrote:

Trying to get information regarding safe practices and Schlenk line use.

  1. Do you require Schlenk lines to always be set up in a hood?
At your institutions do you require all Schlenk lines to set up in hoods?

If not, when do you allow them outside of the hood

Lisa Bognar Phillips, CHMM, CCHO
Laboratory Compliance Program Manager
University Biosafety Officer
University of Notre Dame
636 Grace Hall
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556
Phone: 574-631-5037

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