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This week we started the migration from the old building that houses our office and labs to the shiny new one that still isn't quite done (there still aren't doorknobs on most offices and labs yet).

One of the nice features of the new building is the chemical handling area at the end of the hall by the labs. They're nicely equipped with an eyewash station and a chemical safety shower. However they did not install a drain for the safety shower.

Note that's not a they forgot - they consciously didn't install one. Apparently 'The Powers That Are' made a cost benefit analysis that the issues raised with having possibly hazardous chemicals washed down a drain in an emergency were less than the issues with having the water pool on the floor, possibly get into labs and having to be cleaned up later. (Not to mention the issue if one of these showers springs a leak.....)

*facepalm*

Fortunately none of the labs I work in is all that close to the chemical handling area.

Date: 2009-09-12 10:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aineotter.livejournal.com
At least it's not like one place I was, where there were electrical outlets in the floor beside the safety showers. You choose: chemical burn or electrocution?

Date: 2009-09-14 04:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] darkdreamer75.livejournal.com
I may have to figure out how long it might take water from the showers (which put out several hundreds of gallons per minute apparently) to reach the nearest electrical outlet. Of course there are eye-washes in all the labs and those have no drainage too. And will have electrical cords and expensive electronic devices in close proximity.

I think I may need to make sure the plumber is on speed-dial.

Date: 2009-11-16 02:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blushing-grace.livejournal.com
The emergency shower in the chemistry lab of my high school didn't have a drain either. But still - meep!

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