Departmental Safety Issues

  1. Hallways: All hallways shall be kept clear of any moveable items such as, but not limited to, Chairs, boxes, waste baskets or trash cans, small tables, any items mounted on wheels or casters which could be "bumped" or "tripped upon" when in the path of rapidly exiting personnel, or which may constitute a fire hazard. This is a fire safety requirement.
  2. Hallway Doors: All hallway doors, are to be kept closed and are never to be propped open with furniture, wood blocks, or any other item. These doors are to prevent the "Wind Tunnel Effect" should there be a fire in the building at one end of a hallway. This can cause a firestorm through an affected hallway. This is a fire safety requirement.
  3. Rooms and Laboratories: Excessive storage either flammable or not, may not be placed in rooms and labs if EHS determines it is either a fire hazard, or a hazard to access/egress/rapid escape. This issue is both a fire safety and personnel escape requirement.
  4. Any item found in the hallways will be considered to be unwanted, and will be removed by either Chris or Steve. They will be disposed of in the best appropriate manner, depending on our determination of further usefulness to the department or to be sent to Surplus Property.
  5. WELDING SAFETY: Absolutely no welding is allowed within the building, regardless of your abilities, training, or licenses, unless you obtain a one day permit either from EHS or from the machine shop foreman. A copy of these permits MUST be sent to EHS and a permit is required for every day you will be welding.
  6. All Laboratories are supposed to have a current (regularly updated) list of all chemicals in use in that lab. This includes EVERYTHING, including spray paints, Alcohol, glues, etc., and ESPECIALLY any flammable or hazardous chemicals.