First line of defense: review operator manuals for instruments; nearly all Chem instruments have environmental conditions cited in the manual.
On Apr 14, 2021, at 12:47 PM, Rakers, Rosemary S. <rrakers**At_Symbol_Here**ben.edu> wrote:
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I am looking for resources, personal experience, anything that will help me with talking to facilities about maintaining an appropriate temperature in a science building. Obviously temperature (and humidity) are a concern. We can all agree that climate change is a thing and that we are going to get fluctuations in temperature. I'm having a difficult time convincing some people in facilities that having high temperatures in a science building is more than just an inconvenience. I'm looking for documentation, anything that will help my cause in convincing them that when we reach high temps (we were at 89.6 F last week in my flammable storage room) something needs to be done.
I've been searching the DCHAS website but not finding what I am looking for. I've looked at SDS's until I am blue in the face, but they tend to say "keep in a cool, well-ventilated location". What does "cool" mean? Facilities tells me I should move all my chemicals to a refrigerator when it gets hot. Obviously that is not feasible.
Any insight you can provide is a appreciated.
Rose Rakers, Ph.D.
Director of Chemical Laboratories & Chemical Hygiene Officer
5700 College Rd
Lisle, IL 60532
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