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PENN Medicine. School of Medicine Business Administrator Forum. Building Life-Safety Overview October 2007. Eric M. Weckel, AIA. Executive Director, Space Planning & Operations Eugene C. Janda Deputy Fire Chief, Fire and Emergency Services Joseph R. Passante

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PENN Medicine

School of Medicine Business Administrator Forum

Building Life-Safety Overview

October 2007

Eric M. Weckel, AIA

Executive Director, Space Planning & Operations

Eugene C. Janda

Deputy Fire Chief, Fire and Emergency Services

Joseph R. Passante

Industrial Hygiene Manager, EHRS


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University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Building Life-Safety Overview

Goals for Today’s Overview

  • Raise awareness

  • Provide general life-safety guidelines

  • Promote self-monitoring and compliance

  • Provide assistance as needed


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University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Building Life-Safety Overview

School of Medicine facilities recently surveyed by AHJ and University agencies

  • The City of Philadelphia Department of Licenses & Inspection assures adherence to building codes and the Fire Marshall monitors adherence to fire code

  • At Penn, Fire and Emergency Services has responsibility for compliance with all federal, state and local fire/building codes; EHRS monitors and promotes health and environmental safety

  • Cooperation and teamwork of all building occupants is required to assure life-safety in our buildings


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University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Building Life-Safety Overview

Life-Safety is everyone’s responsibility

  • It is the responsibility of all building occupants to promote and maintain life-safety.

  • In the laboratory environment, it is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator to assure compliance with the Laboratory Safety Policy, including use patterns that affect the life-safety attributes of the facility.


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University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Building Life-Safety Overview

Self-Monitoring Guidelines/Checklist

  • Egress path is clear; exits are not blocked

  • Exit access corridor minimum passage is 44”

  • Lab/office aisle minimum passage is 36”

  • Pull-stations are not blocked

  • Exit passage doors are not locked

  • All exit signs are visible

  • No items are stored in the corridor

  • Items stored on shelves are 18” below the ceiling

  • No items are stored in mechanical equipment rooms

  • Access to electric panels and MER are clear


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University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Building Life-Safety Overview

Self-Monitoring Guidelines/Checklist

  • No bikes in laboratory buildings

  • No bikes stored in corridors

  • Doors on closers not “propped” open

  • Supply storage is managed; clutter is reduced

  • No items are stored inappropriately on the floor

  • Safety shower access clear

  • Eye wash station access clear

  • No kitchen appliances in corridor

  • Extension cord uses are approved

  • Resistance heating use per FES guidelines


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University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Building Life-Safety Overview

Self-Monitoring Guidelines/Checklist

  • Access to fume hood clear

  • Hood sash closed when not in use

  • Gas cylinders managed, cylinders strapped

  • Flammable liquids stored appropriately

  • Flammable liquid quantities managed

  • Radioactive materials stored appropriately

  • Sharps containers not overfilled

  • Room signage is up-to-date

  • Emergency contact data is up-to-date

  • Room data is up-to-date


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University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Building Life-Safety Overview


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University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Building Life-Safety Overview


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University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Building Life-Safety Overview


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Biosafety Cabinets

Incubators

NMR

Liquid Oxygen

Hazardous Gases (hydrogen, nitric oxide, carbon monoxide, anhydrous hydrogen fluoride)

Lasers

X-ray producing devices

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Building Life-Safety Overview

EHRS Review Required


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University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Building Life-Safety Overview

Next Steps January through June 08

FES, EHRS, SPO will assist Departments to:

  • Raise awareness/responsibilities

  • Remedy infractions

  • Reduce clutter

  • Dispose of outmoded equipment

  • Manage supply purchases/tanks

  • Manage bicycles in buildings

  • Improve housekeeping effectiveness

  • Adhere to Lab Safety Policy


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University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Building Life-Safety Overview

Next Steps January through June 08

For a copy of the checklist see: www.med.upenn.edu/spo

For coordination regarding life-safety follow-up:

contact Paul Ostrander at 8.8000

or

[email protected]


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