Other Environmental Hazards

Electrical Safety

Some offices and storerooms have electrical panels located on the walls. Make sure that all doors on electrical panels are kept tightly closed. Arc flash fires or electrical shocks could occur when panel doors are left open. Do not piggyback or connect multiple extension cords or power strips together. This may cause electrical cords to overheat and cause a fire. If you need a longer extension cord, please ask your supervisor to provide one. Make sure that any worn extension cords are discarded or given to maintenance for repair. Never use an extension cord that has black electrical tape covering an exposed wire. These cords should be discarded or repaired. Report these issues to your supervisor immediately when you notice them.

Chemical Spills

Do not attempt to clean up spill yourself unless you have been trained to do so and have the appropriate clean up supplies Seal off the area to the best extent possible to prevent others from entering the area. Report the spill to campus maintenance immediately. Seal off the area to the best extent possible to prevent others from entering the area. Stand watch over the area until campus maintenance arrives.

Blood/Vomit Spills

Do not attempt to clean up unless you have been trained in safe handling blood-borne pathogens. Report the spill to campus maintenance immediately. Seal off the area to the best extent possible to prevent others from entering the area. Stand watch over the area until campus maintenance arrives.

Fire Safety

Make sure you know where the fire alarms and fire extinguishers are located in the area where you work. If you are unsure what type of fire extinguisher you have and do not know how to use it, please ask your supervisor for specific information and training. If there is a fire, pull the nearest fire alarm. Be vigilant when using electrical equipment such as toasters, toaster ovens, coffee pots, etc. Unplug them if you have any doubts they are shut off. Do not leave combustible items near a source of combustion such as burners, electrical outlets or light bulbs. Practice good housekeeping by keeping fire exits clear of boxes or stored items and by keeping hallways free of clutter. Keep your storerooms neat and clean. Keep your office free of piles of paper and books, especially those on stacked on the floor. Clutter on floors presents a severe hazard in case of evacuation in smoke-filled quarters. Keep fire doors located at the ends of main hallways closed at all times—do not prop them open. Store any combustibles you use in fireproof cabinets. Become familiar with sound of fire alarm and tornado alarms. Participate in all campus fire or tornado drills. Report any potential fire hazards to supervisor.

Tornado Warnings

Each spring, tornado drills are conducted on campus to familiarize employees and students in each building with the system used in their building to warn of severe weather, and to familiarize employees and students with the shelter locations in their building and how to get there by actually practicing going to the shelter in response to the mock tornado warning. NOTE: Do not leave the building when a tornado warning alarm sounds. It is not safe to be outside when tornados or severe weather are in the area.