Maucker Union
Policies and Procedures

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The intent of this policy is not to restrict university activities, but to conduct them in the safest manner possible. In addition to the specific situations listed, the university expects its employees, students, visitors, and guests to be responsible and to conduct themselves in such a manner as to promote overall safety on campus.

200.1 Public Safety - Police Divison

The campus Public Safety - Police Division Office can be contacted any time during the day or night, including weekends, at 273-2712. The Cedar Falls Police Emergency number is 9-911.

200.2 Fire Alarm / Fire Safety

The fire alarm warning systems are either bells or horns and strobe lights, along with recorded messages through the annunciator panel. They are activated by pulling the lever on any one of the manual fire alarm pull stations within the building. All staff members are expected to familiarize themselves with the locations and operations of the fire alarm pull stations and extinguishers.

201. In case of fire

If a fire is detected and the fire alarm has not been sounded, the following steps should be taken:

201.1 Pull fire alarm pull station.

201.2 Call UNI Public Safety - Police Division Office (273-2712) and identify where help is needed. UNI Public Safety will contact the Fire Department.

201.3 If a fire is located and can be contained easily, extinguish flames with the nearest fire extinguisher.

201.4 If fire can not be contained, assist in the orderly evacuation of the building.
(See Section # 203 - Fire Evacuation Procedure)

201.5 A staff person should meet the Fire Department and give them the specific location of the fire or fire alarm pull station and direct them as needed. A fire locator box, which is part of the fire alarm system, is located inside the door of the southeast entrance. Ordinarily the Fire Department will enter through this entrance and consult the fire locator box for the general location of the fire.

202. Responding to a fire alarm

If the fire alarm is sounded in the building, the following steps should be taken:

202.1 Identify the fire's location as indicated on the fire locator box at the SE entrance.

202.2 Once the zone is identified, go directly to the area indicated and look for signs of fire, such as smoke or flames. The only exception would be the mechanical rooms, which should only be accessed by Public Safety - Police Division or Physical Plant personnel. If mechanical room(s) are indicated as the fire area, immediately begin evacuation proceedings (See section 203 - Fire Evacuation Procedure)

202.3 If a fire is located and can be contained easily, extinguish flames with the nearest fire extinguisher. If surface or handle of any door is hot, do not attempt to open it.

202.4 If fire can not be contained, assist in the orderly evacuation of the building. (See Section # 203 - Fire Evacuation Procedure)

202.5 Public Safety - Police Division will conduct their own search of the zone and they will silence and reset the fire panel if no fire is detected.

203. Fire Evacuation Procedure

203.1 Every staff member should be cognizant of the location of the nearest exit routes from offices/work stations and an alternative exit route in the event that their best route is obstructed. (See Building Map)

203.2 When you hear or see the fire alarm consider the alarm to be a warning of a genuine fire and not merely a drill.

203.3 Do not use the elevators during evacuation process.

203.4 All staff members are to assist in the orderly evacuation of the building, instructing students and other occupants to leave the building as quickly as possible.

203.5 Assist persons with disabilities to the nearest safe exit. Individuals with disabilities on lower level should go to the nearest stairwell.
University or City Public Safety - Police Division personnel will check stairwells as soon as arriving at the scene to assist persons with disabilities. (UNI POLICY, 7.04)

203.6 When leaving rooms, offices, or workstations, lock up money and registers, turn off lights, and close doors.

203.7 Cedar Falls Fire Department will enter through the SE entrance. A staff member will meet the Fire Department personnel and provide any pertinent information.

203.8 Do not return to the building until authorization is given.

204. Discharged Fire Extinguishers

204.1 Take any discharged fire extinguishers to the Administrative Office to be re-charged.

205. Fire Safety - Open Flame

205.1 The use of open flame is prohibited unless approved by the Business/Operations Manager and/or Campus Safety Office. The device and area will be inspected prior to ruling on the request. (See section # 617 - Decorations)

206. Fire Safety - Electrical Appliances

206.1 All authorized appliances must be UL (Underwriters' Laboratories) approved.

206.2 Building light bulbs shall not be replaced with higher wattage bulbs than those for which the fixture was designed.

206.3 Room switches and outlets shall not be modified.

206.4 All appliances must be connected directly to wall outlets and electrical heaters are to be disconnected when no one is in the room or office where they are allowed. The use of extension cords is prohibited.

207. Emergency Medical Service / Accident Report Forms

207.1 If medical attention is required for an ill or injured person Public Safety - Police Division should be notified for assistance at 273-2712.

207.2 If a person's medical situation appears critical or life threatening, call Public Safety - Police Division and request Ambulance Service to take the injured party to the hospital. The cost of this service is the responsibility of the injured.

207.3 If a person suffers a seizure, s/he should be helped to achieve a restful position in which s/he cannot injure themselves. Remove any potentially harmful objects away from the individual and allow them time to return to a conscious, coherent state. Stay with the individual until this time then call the Public Safety - Police Division for further instructions. A person who is known to experience simple fainting spells should be treated in the same manner.

207.4 In case of accidental poisoning, contact Public Safety - Police Division to notify them of situation and request immediate ambulance service.

207.5 It is University policy to obtain a written report of any acute accident or illness occurring on University property (or elsewhere if ill or injured party is involved in a UNI related activity). This policy pertains to employees, students, and visitors. The Accident Report Forms are located in the Office Operations file in the Administrative Office and should be completed at the time of the incident.

208. Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

Two automated external defibrillator units are located in Maucker Union; one on the main level at the north wall of the Coffeehouse; the second on the lower level east corridor between the State College Room and Oak Room. Cabinets are equipped with an audible alarm that will sound when the cabinet is opened.

208.1 The AED is used to treat sudden cardiac arrest. The unit is specifically designed for trained responders but may be accessed by anyone attempting to assist in a cardiac emergency.

208.2 Staff/building managers should call for an AED in any potential cardiac emergency and immediately instruct others to call Public Safety to request an ambulance and assistance.

208.3 Guidelines and usage of the AED are dictated by each emergency event. If the unit is used, follow the instructions dictated in the unit and procedure recommended.

208.4 If the alarm sounds and is an actual cardiac emergency, provide assistance and be sure that Public Safety has been contacted and an ambulance requested.

208.5 If the alarm sounds and it is not a cardiac emergency, use the key to re-set the cabinet and check to see that the AED is in operating condition and all supplies are in place. A key is on the building manager's key ring and a spare key is located in the wall cabinet of the Administrative Office area.

208.6 Report any tampering with the AED to the Maucker Union staff and to Public Safety. If anyone is caught tampering with the device, he/she should be reported to the Director and/or Public Safety immediately.

208.7 Building Managers are to make a visual check of each unit every day that the Union is open and record it in the night report and on the log sheet on the side of the cabinet. A blinking, green light indicates the system is operational. Any faulty system should be reported immediately to the Maucker Union Director and the Unit removed from the cabinet for service/repairs.

208.8 Staff will make a manual check of the unit and all of the supplies the first of each month and record it in the log sheet located in the file in the Administrative Offices.

208.9 Building Managers and staff will review AED procedures at their respective meetings the first each month.

209. Emergency (Blue Light) Phone

If the emergency phone is activated, UNI Public Safety - Police Division responds immediately to that area. Staff/building manager should go to the corridor to attempt to observe the situation from a safe distance. Do not attempt to intervene or put yourself at risk for injury.

209.1 The emergency phone is located in the corridor to Lang Hall and is tested weekly to insure proper operation.

210. Bomb Threat and Evacuation Procedures

Procedures for the person receiving a bomb threat are:

210.1 If a bomb threat is received in writing, notify Public Safety - Police Division immediately by telephone. Do not use cell phones.

210.2 If a bomb threat is received by telephone attempt to gather as much information as possible from the caller including the exact location of the bomb, time of explosion and note any unusual aspects of the caller's voice. Use template provided by Public Safety - Police Division. Form is located in the appendix.

210.3 The person receiving the bomb threat should call Public Safety - Police Division Office (273-2712) and then notify the Administrative Office (273-2256 or 273-2257) and give as complete a report as possible. Begin immediate evacuation of the building.

210.4 Public Safety - Police Division representative will initiate response protocol and assist in determining the need for further evacuation.

210.5 Public Safety - Police Division will take the responsibility for contacting the Cedar Falls Police/Fire Department as well as other University officials who need to be contacted.

210.6 In the absence of a Maucker Union staff person in charge, contact the Building Manager on duty. The Building Manager will contact Public Safety - Police Division (273-2712) and the Director of Maucker Union and/or the Business/Operations Manager.

210.7 If an object is found that could be a bomb: Notify Public Safety - Police Division immediately. Do not attempt to move the suspicious object or to tamper with it in any way. (UNI Policy 7.03)

210.8 Bomb Threat Evacuation Procedure:

The Public Safety - Police Division Office representative in charge shall initiate the response protocol identified in their operating procedures. The priority of response generally will be to secure the building/area, obtain initial information and determine a response plan.

A. Evacuation of a building will be ordered and enforced only if there seems to be a genuine threat to the safety of individuals in the building. Should the building not be evacuated, any inspection will be made as inconspicuously as possible.

B. Custodians, secretaries, and other members of building staff who can ordinarily recognize an object which has not been in a room previously can be especially helpful in a building search and may be asked to assist in a building search. (UNI Policy 7.03)

210.9 In an emergency situation when time is a critical factor, the Maucker Union Director or designee shall have the authority to evacuate the building.

210.10 Do not activate the fire alarm system to evacuate the building. Do not use radios to transmit information. Radios may be on to monitor or receive information only. Do not use cell phones.

211. Power Outages / Emergency Lighting

211.1 All Maucker Union staff members are issued a flashlight for use during a power failure. Each staff member should check their flashlight regularly to see that it is in working order. Any problems with flashlights should be directed towards the Business/Operations Manager.

211.2 The Administrative Staff or Building Manager will proceed to scheduled rooms and provide whatever assistance or information that may be needed during a power outage.

211.3 When power outages occur during the evening or weekend operations of the building, the Building Manager will contact Public Safety - Police Division to find out information about the power outage. The Building Manager will contact the Director of Maucker Union, or the Business/Operations Manager.

212. Emergency Lighting

212.1 Emergency Battery Light units are located throughout Maucker Union. These units remain lit for an average of one-half hour. They are not intended for normal room lighting.

212.2 Lights connected to an emergency generator are also located throughout Maucker Union. These will automatically engage in the event of a power failure.

213. Tornado / Threatening Weather

Area Civil Defense personnel will activate the warning sirens in the event of a weather emergency. Take cover in inside hallways of buildings or in the lower level until the warning cancelled or expires. Stay away from glass windows and doors.

213.1 In Maucker Union proceed to the lower level and do not remain in or near stairwells. Specific Emergency Procedure for the Main Level and Plaza Level are located in the back of this manual.

214. Chemical Safety

214.1 Staff members are required to take an active role in identifying potential hazards within the building including physical hazards and/or chemical hazards, and bring them to the attention of the Business/Operations Manager.

214.2 All spray bottles must be labeled. Spray bottles must be used for their labeled purpose only.

214.3 Unlabeled bottles should be turned into the Business/Operations Manager.

215. UNI Alert

215.1 The UNI Alert System notifies the campus community of emergencies and threats to physical safety in emergency situations: tornado, violence, hazardous material incident, cancelled classes, University closure, etc. Notification is by cell phone, landline phone, e-mail and text-message.

215.2 UNI Alert allows UNI administrators to send recorded emergency messages ("UNI Alerts") to students, faculty, and staff by cell phone, landline phone, e-mail, and text-message within minutes.

215.3 When a threat or campus emergency is identified, UNI Alert uses contact information from the University's official directory data (updated via MyUNIverse) to simultaneously send thousands of messages directly to students, faculty, and staff using cell phone numbers, home phone numbers, office phone numbers, and e-mail. The entire campus community can be notified in about 20 minutes.

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