Funny you should ask, because we are going through a similar problem (although ours has alkaline water with particulates and is from galvanic corrosion).
Our answer was NO, we should not hold classes or conduct research with hazardous materials under those conditions. We had the group running the project purchase large, portable eyewash stations that have and will remain in place until we are satisfied that the problem is resolved.
I don't know if it is a legal requirement, as it was not specifically addressed in the ANSI or OSHA standards, but we felt it was a serious safety issue.
See you in SF.
Robin M. Izzo
Environmental Health and Safety
Visit the EHS website at ehs.princeton.edu
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I would submit that you might want to ask the university legal and the university OSHA equivalent those questions.
On Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 4:17 PM, Wilhelm, Monique <mwilhelm**At_Symbol_Here**umflint.edu> wrote:
I know I will be seeing a lot of you on Sunday. In the meantime, I have a question that I hope someone is available to answer:
If the water system in a chemistry lab is reliant on you having to flush the water every day to have the water be clean in said eye wash, can you still say that the eye wash is meeting standards? What if you expect that water to be that way (acidic with particulates) for at least several months while you are having work done on the supply pipes? If the eye wash is not meeting standards, can you legally hold a chemistry class in there that works with corrosives? Or, do you have to close down the lab until portable eye wash solution can be provided?
I really appreciate any advice you can give me about this.
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