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Environmental Health & Safety



Utility Failure


Immediate Actions

Gas leak (natural gas)

  • Evacuate the building using evacuation routes
  • Do not turn "on/off" switches on lights or electrical equipment
  • If working with high heat, open flame, or a hazardous experiment or procedure, complete safety shutdown procedures if it is safe to do so, and then evacuate the building
  • 'Stay to the right of hallways and stairs; do not use elevators
  • Assist people with disabilities if needed
  • Once outside, call UCPD at 911
  • Go to the building's Emergency Assembly Area (EAA) and notify emergency staff that you have evacuated safely

Electricity (power failure)

  • Evacuate darkened areas with caution
  • If working with high heat, open flame, or a hazardous experiment or procedure, complete safety shutdown procedures if it is safe to do so, and then evacuate the building
  • Call Physical Plant at (951) 827-4214 (8:00 am - 5:00 pm) or Steam Plant at (951) 827-4677 (after 5:00 pm or weekends/holidays), then call UCPD at (951) 827-5222
  • Report the location and hazards of machinery or operations that were interruptedAdditional Information / Follow Up Activities
  • Report emergencies to UCPD at 911

Elevator (failure)

  • Report elevator failures to Physical Plant at (951) 827-4214 (8:00 am - 5:00 pm) or Steam Plant at (951) 827-4677 (after 5:00 pm or weekends/holidays), then call UCPD at (951) 827-5222
  • If outside the elevator, try to communicate to trapped elevator occupants that help is on the way
  • If trapped inside the elevator, use the elevator phone to request help, or activate the emergency alarm within the elevator (The elevator phone has no dial tone so do not hang up after picking up receiver)

Flooding (plumbing failure)

  • Do not touch any electrical appliances
  • Call Physical Plant at (951) 827-4214 (8:00 am - 5:00 pm) or Steam Plant at (951) 827-4677 (after 5:00 pm or weekends/holidays), then call UCPD at (951) 827-5222
  • If it is safe to do so, lift valuable, or critical, items above the reach of the water

Steam Line failure

  • Leave the immediate area
  • Call Physical Plant at (951) 827-4214 (8:00 am - 5:00 pm) or Steam Plant at (951) 827-4677 (after 5:00 pm or weekends/holidays), then call UCPD at (951) 827-5222

Ventilation problem (odors)

  • Call Physical Plant at (951) 827-4214 (8:00 am - 5:00 pm) or Steam Plant at (951) 827-4677 (after 5:00 pm or weekends/holidays), then call UCPD at (951) 827-5222

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Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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E-mail: ehs@ucr.edu

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