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FSU Specifications for Systems and Safety Equipment associated with Laboratories and Hazardous Materials Storage or Usage Areas

Florida State University requires construction or renovation projects to meet all applicable code and regulatory compliance requirements. Incorporation of consensus standard recommendations and commonly recognized best practices is also expected. This guide is intended to supplement the requirements and the FSU Design Guidelines and Specifications in order to assist with compliance and address common problems and questions that have arisen related to safety equipment and systems during past projects. It is not intended to be all inclusive but should provide sufficient scope to design professionals for most FSU projects. The Department of Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) may always be consulted for amplification or clarification related to these topics, especially for large, complex or unique projects.

The primary references containing legal compliance requirements specific to these types of applications are:

  • NFPA30, 2003 edition*, Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code
  • NFPA45, 2004 edition*, Standard on Fire Protection for Laboratories Using Chemicals
  • NFPA55, 2005 edition*, Storage, Use, and Handling of Compressed Gases and Cryogenic Fluids in Portable and Stationary Containers, Cylinders, and Tanks
  • 29CFR1910 current edition, Occupational Safety and Health Standards
  • Chapter 64E-5 F.A.C., Control of Ionizing Radiation Hazards (applicable for radiation producing machines or radioactive materials storage or use areas)

*These standards are adopted and required by the Florida Fire Prevention Code, Chapter 69A-60 F.A.C.

The specifications and guidance contained in the following publications represent the primary non-mandatory references that shall also be followed to the greatest practical extent:

  • ANSI/AIHA Z9.5-2003, Laboratory Ventilation
  • ANSI/ASHRAE 110-1995, Method of Testing Performance of Laboratory Fume Hoods
  • ANSI Z358.1-1998, Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment
  • 29CFR1910.1450, App A, National Research Council Recommendations Concerning Chemical Hygiene in Laboratories
  • HHS Publication No. (CDC) 21-1112, rev 2009, Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories, 5th Edition (applicable for potentially infectious organism storage or areas that require biological containment)

FSU EH&S specific requirements and interpretations are listed below. These are intended to provide consistency across all University properties and must be followed to most effectively utilize our resources while ensuring the protection of personnel and the environment. Design professionals should not deviate from this guidance without consulting with appropriate EH&S Industrial Safety and Health Engineers (i.e. – the University Biological, Chemical, Laboratory, or Radiation Safety Officer; their assistants; or supervisors).

Specific Design Requirements


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