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Policy: Hallway Storage and Other Hallway Use 

Date: 07/25/05 Policy ID: SEC-014 Status: Final

Policy Type: University
Contact Office: Environmental Health and Safety
Oversight Executive: Vice President for Research
Applies To: Academic Division.
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Policy Statement

Reason for Policy: To maintain hallways as a safe means of egress from buildings at the University or those being leased for University personnel. The International Fire Code dictates that hallways must remain free of all materials that could hinder the evacuation of a building, impede the actions of emergency agencies in the event of a fire or other emergency, or are combustible and could create smoke.
Policy Summary: 
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Policy Statement: 

Hallways, corridors and stairwells are to be used as a means of egress from a building or as a means to travel from one space to another and NOT for any other purpose. Unacceptable uses of hallway space include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Storage of any materials (e.g., boxes, equipment, furniture, waste containers, etc.).
  2. Extension of office space (e.g., desks, filing cabinets, copy machines, waiting room, etc.).
  3. Extension of laboratory space (e.g., used or new equipment, container storage, etc.).
  4. Break room (complete with chairs, tables, coffee maker, microwave oven, etc.).

Any exceptions or interpretations of applicability must be approved by Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) and the approval identified by an EHS label. If items are found in hallways, the occupants will be notified. If items are not removed after notification, EHS will remove the items at the owner's expense.

Note:  Medical research buildings such as MR4, MR5, MR6, Jordan Hall, Cobb Hall, Aurbach, Snyder, etc., are inspected by EHS and therefore fall under the purview of this policy.

Related Information: 
Policy Background: 
Major Category: Safety, Security and Environmental Quality
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Next Scheduled Review: 07/25/14
Approved By, Date: Policy Review Committee, 07/25/05
Revision History: Updated 8/3/11.
Supersedes (previous policy):  Hallway Storage and Other Hallway Use XIV.K.1.