To establish procedures in cases where the University’s fire protection system will be temporarily out of service because of work being performed.
“EHS” means the University’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety.
“Impairment” means that a building or fire alarm or sprinkler system is inoperable or has been placed out of service.
“TUPD” means Towson University Police Department.
Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Fiscal Officer
Environmental Health and Safety
Scope. This policy is in effect whenever there is an impairment, with respect to all portions of the University affected by the impairment.
Planning and Preparation
Call Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) and Facilities Management Work Control Center before the impairment occurs. Work Control should verify that the appropriate repair crew is aware that this policy is in effect. All University work crews, or outside contractors, must be knowledgeable and familiar with this policy before beginning any construction or repairs on University buildings.
Have all tools and equipment at the building site before working on or shutting off the system. Plan on putting the system back in service by the end of the workday. If for some reason, the system is to be out of service after 4:00 pm, notify EHS, who should then notify Facilities Management (Work Control) during regular working hours, or the TU Police Department (TUPD) after working hours. The TUPD will notify the appropriate Facilities Management staff member.
Locate the fire extinguishers on the floor and call EHS if additional extinguishers are needed at the job site.
If it is necessary, a “fire watch” may be required in the affected area. This will be determined by EHS in consultation with Facilities Management and other appropriate individuals or agencies (refer to the Towson University Fire Watch Policy and Procedures for additional information).
EHS shall call Facilities Management (Work Control) during regular working hours or the TUPD after regular working hours, and the Building Coordinator in all cases.
EHS will notify the Baltimore County Fire Department, the Maryland State Fire Marshals Office, the Treasurer of the State of Maryland (Insurance Division) and the TUPD when this policy is in effect, and the details of the impairment. Under conditions of a “fire watch,” the TUPD will notify the appropriate building coordinator and/or other key people that the fire alarm is inoperative and that the telephone must be utilized to report all fires to the TUPD. Those individuals notified by the TUPD should immediately notify all building occupants.
After the Impairment: Sprinkler Systems
Contractor will open valves completely and perform a main drain test to check water flow and pressure. A representative from EHS will be present to verify satisfactory completion.
Check the operation of the tamper switches, flow switches, or other alarm devices in the impaired area, to verify correct operation.
Verify that the control valves are open.
Reinstall chains and locks on sprinkler valves.
After the Impairment: Fire Alarm Systems
Contractor will test all initiating alarm devices that were repaired, replaced, or otherwise affected by the impairment. These devices include smoke detectors and pull stations. A representative from EHS will be present to verify satisfactory completion.
Contractor will test all notification alarm devices including horns, horn/strobe lights, and bells that were repaired, replaced, or otherwise affected by the impairment. Special arrangements may need to be made during class hours and in other special situations. A representative from EHS will be present to verify satisfactory completion.
After the Impairment: FOR ALL SYSTEMS
EHS will notify the Baltimore County Fire Department, the State Fire Marshals Office, the Treasurer of the State of Maryland and the TUPD to advise the system is back in service and functional.
Approval Date: 03/21/2013
Effective Date: 03/21/2013
Approved By: President’s Council 03/20/2013
Signed By: President’s Council
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