From: Tamara Vartanian <tamara.h.vartanian**At_Symbol_Here**GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Lab Design
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2018 16:04:29 -0700
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
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Hi Mary Beth,

Several topics come to mind. Here are a few I recommend:

1. Discuss location of Haz waste. Where should it be stored? Should there be secondary containers?
2. Discuss Chemical Fume Hood design and HVAC associated with it.- Constant or variable air flow. Is the building LEED certified? Something to think about. Alarms on each hood?
3. Discuss other sources of material. For example if BSL2 work will be conducted, discuss material to be used on the floors, walls and ceilings.. Radiation in any of the labs? Limited access? Card readers or limited lab access required ? Controlled Substances? Lock Box location.
4. Discuss Chemical storage limits- specifically control zones. What are the allowable limits of different types of hazardous materials on different floors. Discuss if rooms are H2-H3 rated or not and what that means.
5. Discuss appropriate egress and emergency exits and locations.
6. Discuss locations of First Aid Kits and possibly AEDs.
7. Discuss FE. What type? Where?

The list can go on and on. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Good Luck!

Tamara Vartanian

On Thu, Oct 25, 2018 at 3:04 PM Mary Beth Mulcahy <mulcahy.marybeth**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:


I am trying to put together an activity related to laboratory design that involves looking at the flow of personnel, waste, samples, and reagents in laboratories in a science building. In the activity, participants (scientists, engineers, and other users of the facility) are provided a laboratory layout and are then asked to discuss its strengths and weaknesses from security, safety, and practical work flow perspectives. It helps illustrate that the building/laboratory design can simplify work flow protocols and that architects actually need our input.

I'm looking for specific design issues you all have seen related to chemistry laboratories (I have a good bio lab layout already). For those of you who recently have done remodels or new builds, are there issues you were able to design out? Or, for those of you who haven't had that opportunity, do you have a dream list of what you would design out (e.g. the recent floor drain conversation on the listserve)? Are there shared equipment spaces that are perfectly or imperfectly located, or are there labs using particular materials that could be better isolated?

A few topics I have skimmed from the listserve and elsewhere include:

1. Moving hazardous wastes from a top floor via an elevator

2. Materialreceiving and distribution

3. Conference room/admin offices/science office locations/break areas

4. Placement of safety showers/eye washes

5. Chemical storage

Any other ideas from the collective DCHAS brain would be greatly appreciated.


Mary Beth

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Best Regards,

Tamara Vartanian

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