[AusNOG] [AUSNog] : Re Data Centre Fire Suppression Safety

Chris Ford chris.ford at inaboxgroup.com.au
Thu Dec 13 11:00:13 EST 2018

As a university cadet working for IBM in the late 80s I remember getting inducted into the Westpac data centres and getting a long explanation of what to do when the halon system went off – where the breathing gear was, where the exits were, to basically just drop everything and run.

Have been inducted into a few DCs in the last 3 years and can’t remember that being part of the induction at all – although given I already knew it I may have just glossed over that part.

Chris Ford
Chief Technology Officer

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From: AusNOG <ausnog-bounces at lists.ausnog.net> On Behalf Of Paul Wilkins
Sent: Thursday, 13 December 2018 10:53 AM
To: AusNOG at lists.ausnog.net
Subject: [AusNOG] [AUSNog] : Re Data Centre Fire Suppression Safety

Every data centre has a fire suppression system. We're not used to thinking of this as a hazardous environment, but consequent to two techs being found dead working on a fire suppression system in Antarctica<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/12/antarctica-two-technicians-dead-mcmurdo-station-ross-island>, I find myself wondering yet again, why there aren't more stringent controls around the fire suppression systems in data centres: viz - when you enter a data centre, how confident can you be you're not going to be quietly asphyxiated?

Kind regards

Paul Wilkins
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