University is required by the Pubic Employees Occupational
Safety and Health Act (PEOSHA) to develop and implement
a Fire Prevention Plan and an Emergency Action Plan meeting
the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.38 (a) and (b). Copies
of the plans are reproduced in this electronic format
for your reference. All employees must adhere to and be
familiar with the requirements of each plan.
University Fire Prevention Plan
authority of the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety,
The Rutgers University Department of Emergency Services'
Fire Safety Division is charged with the responsibility
of enforcing the provisions of New Jersey Uniform Fire
Code, and is the authority having jurisdiction with
respect to fire safety regulations, policies and procedures.
The Fire Safety Division is staffed with State certified
fire inspectors who regularly inspect all University
premises to assure compliance with fire safety regulations,
test fire protection systems and equipment, and conduct
employee training programs to familiarize staff with
fire hazards and procedures to be followed in an emergency.
Furthermore, employees are apprised of the fire hazards
of the materials and processes with which they work
during state-mandated Right-to-know training.
July 1, 1994, by action of the Rutgers Board of Governors,
smoking is prohibited in all University buildings and
within University-owned motor vehicles, thus eliminating
the health and fire hazard associated with the use of
smoking materials. A permit system for control of welding
and cutting is in place within the Facilities organization
to control this potential fire hazard. All other hazards
are regulated through the inspection procedures.
buildings are equipped with fire extinguishers in accordance
with the requirements of the construction and/or fire
safety codes. Employees are not expected to utilize
these devices nor are they trained in their use due
to the danger of their personal safety, which would
result from attempting to extinguish a fire. Many buildings
are protected by automatic sprinkler systems and others
are provided with fire standpipe systems. All major
buildings are equipped with automatic fire detection
and alarm systems, which are constantly, monitored at
the respective University Police Department stations.
Special hazards, such as chemical storage, high voltage
electrical, cooking, spray painting and computer installations
are protected by fixed suppression systems in addition
to the aforementioned types of built-in protection.
There are no fire hoses for building occupant use located
in any University building; only fire hose connections
for fire department use exist.
Fire Safety Division is staffed by a supervising Fire
Safety Inspector, Fire Safety Specialists, a Fire Officer
and a fire alarm system Specialist.
inspections generate formal, written Notices of Violation,
which are issued to the individual responsible for the
correction of an observed fire hazard. Reinspections
are established and are conducted. There is a process
that is followed for granting extensions of time for
hazard abatement, as well as handling uncorrected cited
protection systems are inspected at the frequencies
required by the Uniform Fire Code. These include automatic
sprinkler systems, standpipe systems, fixed suppression
systems, fire alarm systems, emergency power generators,
fire pumps, fire extinguishers and fire hydrants.
Safety Division is empowered, by New Jersey Regulation,
to order the abatement of cited fire hazards, to assess
penalties for non-compliance, and to issue punitive
closing notices and vacate buildings where uncorrected
University Emergency Action Plan
is an important part of our daily routine. During an
emergency, proper action saves lives. For your safety,
please familiarize yourself with these basic steps which
pertain to employees on all University campuses, Marine
Field Stations, Agricultural Field Experiment Stations
and other facilities.
- If you
discover a fire or smell smoke, sound the building
fire alarm. Know the locations of the fire stations
and how they operate. Do not attempt to fight a fire
due to the hazards associated with the products of
combustion and the threat of a spreading fire.
- Upon hearing
a building fire alarm signal, which may be a bell,
horn, or voice message depending on the building you
are occupying, immediately begin evacuation. Close
the doors behind you. Use the nearest safe exit, but
DO NOT use elevators.
the building and assemble in an area established by
your supervisor, where you will not hinder the approaching
firefighters and apparatus.
- If caught
in smoke or heat, stay low where the air is better
and attempt to reach a safe exit or area of refuge.
- Know the
location of all exists from your building. All exits
in University facilities are properly marked with
illuminated EXIT signs and directional arrows, where
- If unable
to leave your room or office due to heat or heavy
smoke in the hallway, or due to physical disability,
telephone University Police and give your exact location
so the firefighters can be directed to you.
use the universal emergency access number to reach
University Police in an emergency. Activate the 9-1-1
telephone system using the procedure for your campus
or other location.
routes are posted in all resident halls, health centers,
and high-rise buildings in accordance with the provisions
of the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code. Where desired,
evacuation route plans for other buildings may be prepared
by unit supervisors; consultation with the Fire Safety
Division is always available. However, all employees
should be familiarized with ALL exits from the building
in order that the nearest safe exit will be properly
chosen in an emergency.
information regarding fire safety, to request assistance
in developing office fire safety plans, or to schedule
a fire safety training session contact the Fire Safety
Division at New Brunswick extension 5325.