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LAB SAFETY

Submitted by sat on 19 May 2015

Introduction:

Thank you for your question.  The brief answer is that your requirements should be determined by a detailed risk assessment undertaken on your school site. The following information includes some aspects that we think should be in this assessment. Given that you will have science laboratories on both floors, you will require separate safety shower facilities in both the upstairs and the downstairs areas.

Requirement for Safety Shower Facilities in School Science Teaching Areas:

The requirement for school science teaching areas to provide emergency eyewash and shower facilities is set out in a number of documents including the

Details of these requirements are given in the response to an earlier ASSIST question on emergency shower facilities, and are not fully repeated here.  For details please refer to Safety Shower Requirements

Some factors to consider in your Risk Assessment:

Some science teaching areas have an “open plan” design so that one safety shower could possibly service several rooms or areas.  In others, due to spatial distance (for example rooms arranged along a corridor), a separate emergency shower would be required for each room or area. 

Therefore it would be a matter for your local risk assessment to determine how many and what type of facilities are required on each level, with consideration given to the guidelines above.

References

ASTA, Science ASSIST. 2014. Safety Shower Requirements Science ASSIST website, /question/643/safety-shower-requirements

Standards Australia. 2004. AS/NZS 2243 Safety in Laboratories, Part 10: 2004 Storage of chemicals. Sydney, Australia.

Standards Australia. 2007. AS 4775-2007 Emergency eyewash and shower equipment. Sydney, Australia.

Standards Australia. 2010. AS/NZS 2982.2010 Laboratory design and construction. Sydney, Australia.

Safe Work Australia ‘First aid in the workplace – Code of Practice’, July 2014, Safe Work Australia website. http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/about/publications/pages/first-aid-in-the-workplace