Given the recent floods of this building, and the fact that our
group was involved in one flood within the past year, I am instituting
the following policy IMMEDIATELY.
We will have daily evening inspections assigned by Abhay
and Bing, in which one group member is assigned each week to make a
daily walking tour of our labs sometime between 7 and 10 PM.
ALL OVERNIGHT OPERATIONS (i.e after 7
PM) MUST BE PROPERLY LABELED. This "safely inspector"
will check all chemical reactions, condensors and other water-using
items that should be clearly labeled, named, phone numbered, and dated
for overnight or night operation. The quality of all water connection
set ups should be checked, including proper clamps and condition of
tubing, even if these are not being used at that moment. Chemical
reactions for which cooling is essential should be so labeled.
Inspections will also be made on Saturday and Sunday evenings. Cooling
systems that are not being actively used should be shut off.
Labels should be computer printed, clearly posted in duplicate
near the item in question, and have:
Date of the overnight reaction or
Purpose of the
name of user:
home phone number of the
If water is on and there is no label, inquiries should be made to
find out who is responsible. If there is an outdated label, the person
named on the label should be phoned immediately and is required to
take immediate action. If it seems that water to an incorrectly
labeled condensor can safely be shut off, the inspector is authorized
to do so.
Other standard safety items should also
be checked, including inappropriate tubing or electrical wires, gas
tanks not properly secured, etc. for general use items, its the
inspector's repsonsibility to find the appropriate group member to fix
I am asking Bing and Abhay to hold a short group meeting this
week to assign these weekly safety inspector duties. Assignments
should be made through September, and then a new list generated and so
on. There will be one inspector per week; it there are conflicts it is
the assigned inspector's duty to find a substitute from our
Each night's inspection should be documented in a short
weekly report, e.g.
Monday - no violations
Tuesday - Rusling had a condensor running with wrong date on
the label, he corrected it when informed
Wednesday - no violations,
Thursday - improperly secured Nitrogen tank in R312, secured
and so on.
These reports will be emailed to me, Abhay, and Bing on the day
after that week for which the inspector is responsible. I will also be
making unscheduled inspections of my own.
Since this will take a little time to organize, the first
inspection is assigned as follows:
June 9-15 Bing
I hope we can avoid future accidents and damage in this way.
Future damage may be charged by the Chemistry department to the
individual groups responsible.
Thanks to everyone for their co-operation.
James F. Rusling,
Department of Chemistry, U-60
and Department of Pharmacology (Health Center)
55 N. Eagleville Rd.
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269-3060, U.S.A. web sites:
Group web site: http://www.sp.uconn.edu/~rusling/
Research profile: http://myprofile.cos.com/ruslingj52