>Have not yet decided if EHS should push for drains or not, or, if it is even possible.
I have been through this conversation more often than I would like and it is the source of much heartbreak for both designers and facility operators. The results have been roughly 75% no drains, 25% drains, generally driven by project budget vs. operating budgets available.
In my mind, this issue is a classic case of first cost vs. operating costs. although blame often gets reassigned to vague regulations ("ADA says this", "EPA says that") or the laws of physics ("it's impossible"). I will say that floor drains are a primary source of lab odor calls and often hazmat responses to lab buildings. So while there are benefits to having them, they aren't an unalloyed good for EHS purposes...
Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Environmental Safety Manager
Keene State College
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