From: "Stuart, Ralph" <Ralph.Stuart**At_Symbol_Here**KEENE.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Safety Showers, Drains and ADA Compliance
Date: Thu, 1 Feb 2018 16:28:15 +0000
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
Message-ID: E85A57AD-6048-4578-B829-BC3F773F0247**At_Symbol_Here**

>Have not yet decided if EHS should push for drains or not, or, if it is even possible.
I have been through this conversation more often than I would like and it is the source of much heartbreak for both designers and facility operators. The results have been roughly 75% no drains, 25% drains, generally driven by project budget vs. operating budgets available.

In my mind, this issue is a classic case of first cost vs. operating costs. although blame often gets reassigned to vague regulations ("ADA says this", "EPA says that") or the laws of physics ("it's impossible"). I will say that floor drains are a primary source of lab odor calls and often hazmat responses to lab buildings. So while there are benefits to having them, they aren't an unalloyed good for EHS purposes...

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Environmental Safety Manager
Keene State College
603 358-2859


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