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Wednesday, June 2, 2004 Issue 2   VOLUME 4 ISSUE 6  
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Risk Communication: A critical strategy for managing occupant concerns in facilities
Ergonomics Can Significantly Impact Your Business
Prompt Response Helps Woods Hole Return to Business
Conserving Water used in Cooling Towers

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From the Files
Prompt Response Helps Woods Hole Return to Business
by EH&E Staff
Courtesy of WHOI

In the fall of 2002, a fire occurred at the end of the business day in a four-story laboratory that is part of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Woods Hole, MA. The fire was limited to a power supply for a piece of research equipment in one of the labs located on the first floor, but smoke and soot spread to other parts of the building. The building was evacuated and smoke/soot damage was extensive, but fortunately there were no injuries. While the lab in which the fire occurred and adjoining spaces were isolated, the rest of the building was reoccupied once approval was given by the local fire department. However, occupant concerns about potential health impacts from the residual soot and odors prompted Ron Reif, Manager of Environmental Health and Safety at WHOI, to contact EH&E to perform an assessment.

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