In the event of an emergency evacuation, all doors, stairways,
corridors, and other means of egress must be kept free of any kind of
obstruction. In addition, these areas may not be used for equipment and
Only the Physical
Plant Lock Shop can determine what type of locking device is
acceptable on an exit. Dead-bolts are not permissible at exits. If
there are any questions or concerns about locking devices, contact Service
Operations at 656-2560.
Only designated areas can be used for storage. Do not use machine,
electrical, or transformer rooms for storage. These areas are prime
places for fires and explosions.
Indoor Air Quality Concerns
Indoor air quality is a critical factor in employee health, comfort and
productivity. It is influenced by many factors, including the quality
of the outside air, the operations in the workspace itself, maintenance
of the ventilation system, and operation of the heating and cooling
system. When concerns arise from indoor air quality, each of these
factors must be investigated in order to determine the cause of the
The Physical Plant Department and Risk Management ESF staff work
jointly with University employees and their supervisors to resolve
indoor air quality complaints as soon as they arise. If the problem is
one that cannot be immediately resolved and is interfering with
productivity and/or employees feel sick, ESF staff (in consult with
supervisors) may advise employees to leave the work space and file a
workers’ compensation First Report of
Injury form to reserve their rights under workers’ compensation.
Assessment of the workspace air quality involves various measurement
From time to time, outside consultants may be utilized to assist with
indoor air quality issues that cannot be easily resolved. In case of
emergencies such as fires, gas leaks and large chemical spills,
immediately call Police Services from an on-campus phone at 911. Police
Services has 24-hour contact numbers for Risk Management and Physical
Plant staff, if their response is needed.
- carbon dioxide levels to determine levels of fresh air
- temperature and humidity
- noise levels
- detector tube measurement of suspected chemicals
For more information about Indoor Air Quality Concern Response
Procedure, see: http://esf.uvm.edu/uvmsafety/offsafety/iaqprocedure.html.
All renovation, remodeling, and construction projects must be
coordinated through Physical
Plant Department and/or Architectural
& Engineering Services. Both of these departments have
professional staff that will assure that all the proper permits are
obtained, that qualified personnel perform the work.
Asbestos is a natural, fibrous material commonly used until the
mid-1970s for fireproofing as well as for making cement, asphalt, and
pipe insulation. Building materials at UVM most likely to contain
asbestos include pipe insulation and sprayed- or troweled- on
insulation on steel beams and ceilings. While asbestos-containing
materials serve a wide variety of very useful purposes, it has been
determined that asbestos fibers are potentially dangerous when they are
in a loose condition and become airborne. Therefore, it is important
not to disturb intact material. In the event unacceptable levels of
airborne fibers are detected through ongoing testing, affected persons
will be informed and appropriate measures taken to protect health and
safety. For additional information regarding asbestos, contact the
Physical Plant Training
and Compliance Office at 764-6613. This office
has a professional team who use state of the art procedures and
practices to perform safely managed abatement activities in compliance
with state and federal regulations.
Lead is a soft, bluish-grey metal that is naturally occurring in small
amounts in our environment. It can enter the body in two ways:
breathing in lead particles or swallowing lead particles that may come
in contact with food or beverages.
Many older paints contain lead pigments, which are a potential health
hazard. As paint is removed by washing or scraping, employees must make
sure no living creature will ingest or inhale lead dust. Children and
pregnant women should not risk any exposure. Paint chips must be caught
in a drop cloth and disposed of properly.
The Physical Plant Training and Compliance Office is in charge of all
lead paint removal during building renovations, upgrades and
demolitions; this includes the hiring of contractors to do lead paint
removal. In addition to applying engineering controls such as
ventilation, isolation and enclosures, the use of safe work practices
must be applied when working with lead paint removal.
Proper respiratory protection and personal protective equipment must be
worn. Never leave food or drinks in a work area with potential lead
exposure. Any questions regarding lead paint or its removal should be
directed to the Physical Plant Training and Compliance Office
at 764-6613 or the CPR
shop at 656-4341.
More information about Asbestos and Lead can be found here.