[Histonet] RE: basement lab

Terri Braud tbraud <@t> holyredeemer.com
Tue May 6 11:43:06 CDT 2014

Basement Histology labs are not uncommon, as long as they meet all
codes, not just flammables.  For flammables, this means, not only
storage, but also the volume present within the lab at anytime and that
can vary by state.  There is a defined volume per square footage of a
contained fire area.  This would include what is loaded onto processors,
stainers, as well as what is stored. Generally, the max volume is
reduced the higher the floor.  Ventilation is not the only concern.
Also, there will need to be 2 exits from each defined fire space,
appropriate safety showers and eyewash stations which must be located 10
seconds away from possible sites of exposure. Eyewash and safety shower
facilities should not be separated from the hazard site by a wall or
partition that would cause an employee to go through a doorway.
I've been through the construction/major remodel at all 3 labs where
I've worked. 2 as supervisor.  Unfortunately, you probably will have to
become very familiar with OSHA and ANSI standards for safety and NFPA
for codes concerning fire safety.  Even builders/inspectors familiar
with laboratory construction sometimes lack the knowledge to insure
proper safety of a Histology Lab, its personnel and contents.  Be vocal
and adamant for safety, but be sure to back it up by providing the
appropriate regulations.

Terri L. Braud, HT(ASCP)
Anatomic Pathology Supervisor
Holy Redeemer Hospital Laboratory
1648 Huntingdon Pike
Meadowbrook, PA 19046
Ph: 215-938-3676
Fax: 215-938-3874 



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