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    BTW, I forgot to mention, the most dangerous time for the unit is when the heads are unplugged! That is when they arc.

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    If it really bothers you, call OSHA. You can do so anonimously, explain the situation and tell them as a student required to use these lights you dont feel comfortable. This might burr under their panties.
    I understand University budgets are tight, but this is being penny wise and pound foolish. All it is going to take is for one student to get seriously hurt, hell not even seriously, and for his parents to call a lawyer and they are up shit creek without a paddle.

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    That is EXACTLY my point here.

    Me, I'm safe because I use my trusty Alien Bees monolights. Which are MORE adjustable, safer to use, cheaper to use (a new flash bulb is like $30.00) and durable.

    I just hate the smell of burned flesh.

    Apparently he is claiming "the company says it is safe since the breakers flipped".

    Which is kind of like saying "my air bag deployed so my car is fine".
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    just my opinion here...but Jorge has a point--call the safety person for the school and explain the situation. If that gets you nowhere, then call OSHA or the labor department equivalent. Granted, a student is not an employee, but you still have rights and it would be in the school's interest to not have a lawsuit on their hands if someone is hurt....

    I worked in a lab once that had no ventilation, and when complaints were filed with management, we were told we didn't need any ventilation. The labor dept was called in with OSHA to do a spot check, and guess what? We got ventilation, not to mention eyewash stations and were cited for improper respirator use as well--they found all sorts of violations on this vist as they combed the entire facility.

    The school probably has, or at least they should have a "hazard communication" plan in place. For the photo area, it would handle all the accidental spill stuff and the MSDS sheets, but it would also handle the emergency stuff like fire escapes, and tornado drills and all that. If they don't have the hazard communication compliance for the school's darkrooms, and studio...well, they won't be happy when OSHA shows up. it could cost them more money actually than probably a new power pack....they probably wouldn't be fined on a first visit, but they would have to act on the recommendations to avoid a penalty.

    BTW--I wouldn't touch that pack of yours though, without sending it off to get checked out. It doesn't matter if you use the 400 or 800 watt outlets, because if the pack is on combine, it's all 2400...You could always call Speedotron yourself, though, ask them if it's safe to use the pack. The person who arced the pack though--they should lose privaleges to the studio for awhile....the safe use of the speedo packs needs to be hammered into everyone who comes near them, and if they can't handle it, then tough--they don't get to use them. Sorry to be a hardass, but we have blackline packs that are almost 20 yrs and have never had these problems...fwiw, I use dynalite packs myself, and just out of habit, I turn them off & discharge the pack before plugging or unplugging a head. It's a habit you force yourself to learn, otherwise it's like using a tablesaw or something and getting too comfortable.....s*** happens, you get lazy and you get hurt.

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