Maintenance of Egress
Lock Out Tag Out (LOTO)
Maintenance of Egress
Maintenance of Egress is a path of travel from any point in the building to a public way, which is considered a safe point during a building evacuation. This includes all hallways and staircases on the path to the public way.
To minimize the potential fire hazards associated with holiday season decorations, GSU Environmental Health and Safety department recommends strict observation of the following guidelines:
- Hanging combustibles from the ceiling, ceiling tiles or ceiling fixtures is not allowed. This includes paper, cardboard, wood, cloth, and plastic.
- Ensure combustibles are not hung on walls within 18” of a (ceiling-mounted sprinkler heads or within 2 feet of any ceiling where sprinklers are not present and smoke detectors) as they constitute a fire hazard. Heat and smoke rise and combustibles mounted near the ceiling will contribute to a fire. No objects may be hung from or near sprinkler heads as this may affect their performance.
- Ensure that decorations do not pose a trip hazard or otherwise provide an obstruction to walking or sitting.
- Ensure that all corridors and hallways, including those inside work areas are open, clear, and provide the required unobstructed egress.
- Ensure that decorations do not obstruct lights, light switches or electrical outlets or obstruct or interfere with passage on stairwells, hallways, and corridors.
- Decorations must be at least 36” away from portable fire extinguishers, exit signs, pull stations, fire alarm strobes, fire hose cabinets, and smoke detectors.
- Ensure that decorations do not obstruct or interfere with any line-of-sight visibility of approved exit signs and exit routes.
- Ensure that decorations are not accessible to young children as much as possible. Ensure that decorations are not breakable or edible. Decorations should not be secured with hooks that could be a choking hazard.
- Decorative items placed on walls shall be secured against becoming dislodged, falling from the support, or becoming a hazard to nearby persons.
Trees and other decorations must be located so as not to obstruct exit corridors, fire extinguishers, sprinkler heads, exit signs, fire alarm pull stations, smoke alarms or heat detectors. Do not affix or tie decorations to such equipment. Trees should also not block emergency egress from any room.
- Decorations shall not be placed within three (3) feet of electrical equipment or other heat producing sources.
- Electric light strings should carry a UL or FM approval label. Prior to use, check for fraying, bare wires, loose connections and cracked plastic parts. If any of these conditions are present, the string or cord should not be used. Use of miniature electric lights are encouraged since they are both cooler and more energy efficient than regular size lighting. Light strings should not be routed through doorways with doors, under rugs or loose carpeting or across work surfaces. Routing of cords through these areas can cause damage to the cord and create a tripping hazard. Unplug holiday lighting when the area is unoccupied.
- UL-listed surge protectors should be used instead of extension cords to prevent circuit overloading. Frayed or broken cords should not be used. “Daisy-chaining” surge protectors and using multi-plug adapters are prohibited in university buildings.
- Displays should be compact. Garlands, streamers or displays that extend down a hallway should not be used because of their potential to spread fire and impede egress. These displays should be confined to office areas (laboratories should not have any displays).
- Candles, oil lamps, incense or other open flame devices are prohibited on campus. Decorative candles should have their wicks clipped or capped to discourage lighting.
- Please remove all trees and decorations before leaving campus for the holidays.
It is the intent of the university to provide safe travel for persons of all abilities within campus buildings that are free and clear of obstructions that could impede egress travel. Obstructions may include, but are not limited to the following:
- Temporary Walls
Or any other items that could affect a person’s ability to escape the building. For questions or concerns involving any such obstructions, building occupants should contact Environmental Health and Safety at (708) 235-6823.
*Note: There are multiple points of egress throughout the buildings on campus, explore the ways to exit the building(s). In the event of a new obstruction caused by the emergency, occupants should be prepared to adapt and exit by other means.
*Note: Elevators are not considered a safe means of egress during a fire. If possible, the stairs should always be considered as the first option.Report an EHS concern
1.0 PURPOSE AND SCOPE
The purpose of this procedure is to ensure the safety and health of personnel who perform hot work and those in the vicinity of hot work being performed by others. This program will be used to ensure that personnel performing hot work are familiar with the dangers associated with hot work and the precautions that are necessary. The scope of this procedure will include all applicable faculty and staff at GSU as well as contractors performing hot work at the GSU campus.
OSHA 29 CFR 1910.252-255
Combustible Material- Any material that is capable of catching fire and burning.
Hot Work- Any temporary operation involving open flames or that results in sparks, fire, molten slag, heat, or hot material with the potential to cause fires or explosions. This includes, but is not limited to, soldering, brazing, torch cutting, grinding, arc welding/cutting, gas welding, etc.
Exceptions to this definition include Bunsen burners and other fire or heat generating laboratory equipment when used in a laboratory, and activities performed within designated shop or studio areas.
Additional details about the Hot Work Program can be read at GSU EHS Hot Work Program
GSU Hot Work permits can be retrieved from the EHS department:
Phone: 708-235-6823 or email:EHS@govst.edu
Portable Heaters- For safety purposes primarily, no portable heating or cooling devices that require refrigerant, or either that require more than 2 amperes, may be used in University owned spaces unless it is either provided by the University through FDM, or its use is approved by the Chief Operating Engineer. Such devices may only be utilized in areas where Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems cannot maintain the specified temperature range and/or be rectified with reasonable time and effort of FDM staff. Responsible Party: Associate Vice President for Facilities Development Management.
Open Flames- Candles, oil lamps, incense, torches, butane burners, and any other combustible material devices are considered “open flame devices.” Open flame devices carry with them the risk of unintentional fire and serious consequences when not used appropriately. Therefore, the use of any open flame device is prohibited in all University residential and non-residential buildings. Situations that do call for the use of open flame devices can be reviewed under special circumstances through a variance request submitted to Environmental Health and Safety.
Occupational Health Programs
Environmental Health and Safety oversees a host of occupational safety and health programs designed to provide guidance to employees performing various activities during the scope of their work duties. All programs and procedures are in compliance with requirements established by the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which have been adopted by the Illinois Department of Labor.
Many of the programs referenced in this section have been specifically developed for Universities Building Service workers, Maintenance Labors, Engineers, and Electricians trade personnel. However, the requirements contained therein would apply to any University employees performing the same covered work activities.
Employees in FDM participate in required safety training via an online training module. The required training modules are determined by the job function and tasks.
Building Service Worker Required Safety Training:
- Hazard Communication
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Respiratory Protection (when applicable)
- Bloodborne Pathogens
- Asbestos Awareness
- Temperature/ Extreme Heat
Maintenance Laborer, Engineer, & Electrician Required Safety Training:
- Fire Extinguisher Training
- Hazard Communication
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Lockout/Tagout Awareness
- Bloodborne Pathogens
- Ladder Safety
- Fall Protection
- Hand and Power Tool Safety
- Hearing Conservation
- Machine Guarding
- Temperature/Extreme Heat
*Note: Engineers and electricians must take the following additional trainings:
- Confined Space Entry
- Arc Flash
All questions regarding the listed programs should be directed to the Environmental Health and Safety Department at 708-235-6823 or EHS@govst.edu.
1.0 PURPOSE AND SCOPE
The purpose of this program is to establish rules and procedures for the protection of employees and contractors against the unexpected energization, start-up, or release of stored energy from any machine or equipment. This will be accomplished by hazard identification, employee training, written procedures, and affixing appropriate lockout and tagout devices to energy isolating devices.
This program applies to the control of hazardous energy during all service and maintenance activities whether performed by Governors State University employees or outside contractors at the Governors State University campus located at 1 University Parkway in University Park, Illinois. This procedure applies to all sources of hazardous energy, i.e., electrical, mechanical, chemical, thermal, pneumatic, hydraulic, gravity, and/or other stored energy devices.
STATEMENT OF POLICY
Governors State University. (Governors State) has implemented this Control of Hazardous Energy (here in after “Lockout/Tagout”) in accordance with applicable OSHA regulations to ensure minimum performance requirements for the protection of employees and contractors against all forms of hazardous energy during the servicing and maintenance of machines or equipment.
This Lockout/Tagout program has been written to comply with the following OSHA regulations:
- OSHA 29 CFR 1910.147 - The Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout)
Lockout will only be performed by “authorized” employees. The application of lockout devices will follow the written procedures for the equipment or process being locked out. A general lockout procedure can be found in the following subpart labeled “Lockout Procedures” of the Lockout/Tagout policy.
Environmental Health & Safety coordinates the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) program for the University. EHS staff assist departments in procuring AEDs on state contract, maintaining a current inventory of all AEDs on campus, sharing AED locations with our 911 centers and assisting with training personnel on proper usage. Please contact Environmental Health and Safety at (708) 235-6823 with any questions.
The EHS Coordinator is responsible for monthly inspections of AEDs. The Coordinator completes a monthly inspection and documents the inspection on the inspection checklist found in the AED box. If any issues involving an AED are discovered, it is the responsibility of the coordinator to address any concerns with the AED.
Operator's manuals for AEDs currently used on campus can be found below:
If an incident or situation results in the deployment and/or the actual use of an AED, an AED utilization form must be completed. This form allows Environmental Health and Safety to investigate the incident and notifies EHS that the AED will need to go through maintenance before being placed back into service.AED Utilization Form
MAPS OF AED LOCATIONS
RAVE Emergency Messaging System (EMS) is used to notify the GSU community of an emergency or critical issue on campus. Rave EMS is designed for Higher Ed Institutions, notifying the GSU community of emergency drills, severe weather, power outages and other events. Rave EMS will either send an email, voice or text message or any combination of the 3 types. There is no need to opt-in, if you are an active employee or current student, Rave will notify you of the emergency or critical issue. Messages are sent in a matter of seconds through multiple modes of communication.
We do ask that your current information is in our SIS(Colleague) system. For current students, contact the Registrar’s office to update your contact information and if you are a current employee, contact the HR office to update your contact information.
Pesticides- Includes substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling, or mitigating any peat, or intended for use as a plant regulator, defoliant, or desiccant. Disposal of pesticides requires a Waste Disposal Request Form to be submitted to EHS: Hazardous Waste Pickup Request Form.