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November 12, 2003 the Stanford campus experienced a simulated plague
as the scenario of its annual campus-wide emergency exercise. All around
campus, School and VP units activated their Satellite Operations Centers
(SOCs) to evaluate their local business operations in the face of this
emergency. The campus Emergency Management Team convened at the Emergency
Operations Center at the Faculty Club to gather information about the
fast paced developments including illnesses and deaths. The team had to
make decisions based on the information about how to assist in the containment
of the spread of the illness, treatment of the ill, and continuing University
operations including classes and research. Thanks and credit goes to all
the participants in the exercise. Read the full story in the
Environmental Health and Safety and Peninsula Sanitary Services, Inc. hosted a first of its kind "Computer Recycling Workshop and Event" on Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11. The event was sponsored by Dell, Inc. and the National Recycling Coalition. Friday's workshop was attended by recycling professionals from state and local colleges and municipalities. Attendees were trained on how to host their own recycling event in addition to being given an in depth analysis of the state of the electronics recycling industry. Attendees from Friday's workshop were then given hands-on training as volunteers at Saturday's Computer Recycling Event. For complete details and to learn more about electronics recycling, read more on our EH&S Environmental Programs web pages.
With the Holiday Season upon us we are busier
than ever. But in our haste let us not forget to take time to ensure that
this holiday will be a safe one. Please review our important
Holiday Fire Safety Information.
Will you be working with Phosgene, Carbon Monoxide, or Ammonia? These are only a few of the many toxic gases regulated by the Santa Clara County (SCCo) Toxic Gas Ordinance (TGO).
To determine if your research will use a gas or material that is regulated by the TGO, consult Stanford University's Regulated Toxic Gas Table.
Even if you're planning to work with exempt quantities of regulated toxic gas, there are still some steps you will need to take to ensure that your lab is ready to support the operation. Check out EH&S's document for more information regarding working with exempt quantities of toxic gas.
Stanford University is subject to a myriad of codes and standards that regulate the design, construction and use of our facilities. The codes and standards are intended to prevent fires and protect life and property in the event of a fire.
The California Building Standards Code, which consists of ten (10) parts including the California Building Code and California Fire Code, is extremely complex especially in the area of hazardous occupancies such as laboratory buildings. In our continued effort to provide much needed tools and technical resources to the design and construction community, the Stanford University Fire Marshal's Office has over the years posted a number of documents on the Web, one of which, the Laboratory Code Requirement Matrix, has received wide recognition among the design professionals.
The California Building Standards Code is developed on a three-year cycle. In order to keep pace with the latest code development, we have recently updated the Laboratory Code Requirement Matrix to the current 2001 California Building Standards Code.
Some of the code changes are highlighted as follows:
1. The 1998 California Fire Code (CFC 8003.1.3.2) requires spill control for hazardous materials liquids depending on the individual vessel size and aggregate capacity. However, the 2001 Santa Clara County local Fire Code Amendments require spill control regardless of hazard category or vessel size for non-exempt quantities.(Ord. No. NS-800.22)
2. The 1998 California Fire Code (CFC 8003.1.3.3) requires secondary
containment for hazardous materials liquids and solids depending on the
individual vessel size and aggregate capacity. However, the 2001 Santa
Clara County local Fire Code Amendments require secondary containment
regardless of hazard category, or vessel size for non-exempt quantities.
(Ord. No. NS-800.22)
4. Ventilation system emergency shut-off (CBC 1202.2.3)
5. Clarification of exempt amounts for use for Flammable Solids in Table