Have Two Ways Out by Harry J. Oster

If you discovered a fire, how much time do you think you would have to get to safety?  It may be shorter than you think.  That’s why the EH&S Fire Safety program has teamed up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during this year’s Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13, 2012, to urge everyone to “Have Two Ways Out!” This year’s theme focuses on the
importance of fire escape planning and practice.
A fire is unpredictable and moves faster than most people realize.  What if your first escape route is blocked by smoke or flames?  Having a tried and true escape plan, with two ways out, is essential to ensuring your safety should a fire occur.   EH&S Fire Safety recommends the following tips for planning your escape:

  • PLAN: Pull together everyone, walk through your work area, and look at all possible ways out
  • KNOW: The location and letter designation of all stairways from the corridor
  • ENSURE: All aisles inside your office or laboratory are maintained clear at all times – 36” minimum continuous width! Corridors must also be maintained at 44” minimum width, so avoid corridor storage of laboratory materials.
  • ESTABLISH: A pre-determined meeting place on a lower floor in the building as well as outside the building in order to perform a visual person count
  • LISTEN: If the fire alarm sounds, listen for instructions and prepare to evacuate
  • CALL: Public Safety with details of the emergency (building, floor, room) at CUMC:
    212-305-7979 or Morningside: 212-854-5555. Add these contacts in your mobile phone as a favorite
  • CLOSE: The door, unlocked if possible, behind you as you leave. This helps to contain and limit the spread of smoke and/or flame

OUT MEANS OUT: Once you’re outside, stay outside! Under no circumstances should you re-enter the room or building until Public Safety informs you that it’s safe to do so

fire prevention week

Redesigned Hazardous Waste Label by Roman Tarasyuk

Columbia University has a new standardized hazardous waste label to be used at all campuses of the University. Along with the new design, this label is formatted for compliance with all regulatory requirements. The hazardous waste generator (laboratory personnel) creating a hazardous waste container must affix the University hazardous waste label on the  container as soon as any waste is added.   All entries must be written legibly, abbreviations  or  short  hand  should  not  be  used,  and    percentages  of contents must equal 100% for mixtures.   Please submit a chemical waste pickup request online to obtain more labels or containers, or to arrange pick-up service at http://vesta.cumc.columbia.edu/ehs/wastepickup/

waste label

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