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Constructional aspects

The laboratory premises at LiU have not always been designed as independent fire compartments, and a laboratory is often one unit of several in a fire compartment. This means that a fire in a particular laboratory may spread to neighbouring premises. It is therefore important to know the operations and the risks that are present in the immediate vicinity.

Each locality is, in general, to have at least two independent escape routes. If one escape route is blocked by fire or other obstacle, it must be possible to escape along the other. The relevant escape plan gives information about fire compartments (on the University Hospital campus) and escape routes.

Portable fire extinguishers must be available in laboratories. As a rule of thumb, these should be arranged such that the maximum distance to one is 15 metres. Several different types of extinguisher are available, the most common of which in laboratories is the carbon dioxide extinguisher. This is a “clean” extinguisher that does not harm equipment. Dry powder is an effective extinguishing agent and is used in situations in which it is not a major requirement that the extinguisher be clean.

Each fire compartment has its separate ventilation, but there may be additional systems in a laboratory that ventilate, for example, a fume cupboard or a cabinet for flammable goods.

Cabinets or stores for flammable gases must be separate and must satisfy fire resistance class EI 30 or higher. Flammable fluids can in certain cases be stored in ventilated cabinets without a fire resistance class. More information about this is given in the section dealing with flammable goods.

More specific information about constructional aspects of fire protection in a particular laboratory can be obtained by contacting the fire protection coordinator at LiU or the fire protection controller within Region Östergötland. Contact details are given in the right menu.

Guidance

On the website of the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency there is information on the regulations , as wells as guidelines, that apply within the fire prevention field (in Swedish).  

In KLARA (chemical handling system) there is information on chemical products and safety datasheets that can be downloaded. There are also risk assessment templates. 

Flammable goods in laboratories must be handled in accordance with this  information from Swedish Civil Contingency Agency (in Swedish).

 

Contact

Campus US and VIN

Fire Safety Coordinator  - LiU
Marcus Lundgren  +46 13-28 2521

 

Security Manager - LiU
Annevi Fredäng  +46 13 - 28 2340


 

Coordinator Fire Safety - Region Östergötland
Esa Haapamäki

+46 10-103 83 36, +46 73-061 24 69
 

Security Coordinator - Region Östergötland
Helen Carling +46 10-10 30 410

 

Other Campuses

Fire Safety Coordinator  - LiU
Marcus Lundgren  +46 13-28 2521

 

Security Manager - LiU
Annevi Fredäng +46 13 - 28 2340

 

Region Östergötland

Coordinator Fire Safety - Region Östergötland
Esa Haapamäki

+46 10-103 83 36, +46 73-061 24 69

 

Security Coordinator - Region Östergötland
Helen Carling +46 10-10 30 410

 

 

 


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Last updated: 2021-01-15