Policy: Attic Storage
|Date: 07/25/05||Policy ID: SEC-017||Status: Final|
|Contact Office:||Environmental Health and Safety|
|Oversight Executive:||Vice President for Research|
|Applies To:||Academic Division and the Medical Center.|
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|Reason for Policy:||
To reduce fire risks posed to UVA buildings and occupants by the improper storage of materials in the attics of University buildings. Most attic spaces are not designed for storage and do not have adequate fire protection.
|Definition of Terms in Statement:|
To protect life and property, storage of any material in the attic space of any University building is prohibited. These spaces, in most cases, were neither designed nor built to meet building code requirements as storage spaces and as such do not have the necessary fire detection or suppression systems installed. Access to these spaces is generally limited which will greatly inhibit the ability to fight a fire. Departments or individuals requiring storage space should seek space that is specifically designed for storage (e.g., leasing storage space off-grounds ).
In the event that a space does not meet with the Attic Storage Policy, the removal of all stored materials from an attic space is the responsibility of the owner of the material first and the occupant of the building second. Owners/Occupants are responsible for all costs associated with removing the stored material and for arranging for the removal and alternate storage space when needed.
If it is desirable and possible to modify an attic to accommodate storage, the cost of upgrading attic space to meet storage requirements is the responsibility of the occupant and storage space users.
|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:||Previous version in effect from 3/1/1999 through 7/24/05.|
|Supersedes (previous policy):||Attic Storage XIV.C.1.|