Building Systems (Utilities)
Facility Services: 541-737-2969
OSU Public Safety: 541-737-3010
Environmental Health & Safety: 541-737-2273
In the event of extended utility loss (power, water, sewage, etc.) to a facility, certain precautionary measures should be taken depending on the geographical location and environment of the facility:
- Evacuate the building if necessary
- Lab hood ventilation is lost
- Contact Facility Services (541-737-2969) to report the problem
- Ensure the backup generator has started
- If stuck in the elevator, use the elevator intercom to request assistance
- Remain calm
- Call out for help if the intercom does not work
- DO NOT attempt to exit the elevator without emergency responders present
- Be prepared to provide fire monitors if occupancy is permitted during a utility outage
- Building re-entry:
If the building DOES NOT have a backup generator, and the life safety/fire detection system is not powered, a Fire Watch has to be implemented if the building is to be re-occupied while the power is out. A Fire Watch must:
- Be competent to identify fire hazards
- Be able to communicate to the fire department if a response is needed
- Be familiar with the structure and emergency plan
- Perform patrols every 15 minutes to look for instances of fire
- Keep a log sheet: Person’s name, time each activity was conducted, description of activity
- If the building has a backup generator that powers the life safety/fire detection systems, confirm the generator is running and re-occupy the building.
- If the building has laboratory hoods, contact EH&S (737-2273) for habitability evaluation prior to any building occupancy.
- Electronic equipment should be brought up to ambient temperatures before energizing to prevent condensate from forming on circuitry.
- Fire and potable water piping should be checked for leaks from freeze damage after the heat has been restored to the facility and water turned back on.
- Identify utility cutoff switches/valves and who can operate them
- Coordinate with Facility Operations for pre-planning of response events
- Train personnel on response to different types of utility failures
- When to evacuate
- When building access will be denied