Space Heaters Policy

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Category Name: Administration & Operations 
Responsible Unit: Administration and Finance - Physical Plant
Responsible VP: VP for Administration and Finance
Adoption Date: 2019-07-07
Last Revision Date:
Last Review Date:
Shared governance: none

Policy Statement

The use of portable space heaters is prohibited except where it is determined by the Office of Facilities that the building HVAC system cannot maintain the college approved temperature set point range.

Purpose/Scope

The purpose of this policy is to inform staff and faculty of the approved use of portable space heaters and the impact of space heaters on safety and energy management.

Applicability

This policy applies to all College at Brockport personnel.

Definitions

There are no definitions for this policy at this time.

Policy Procedures

College policy states that interior building temperature set points are 70 degrees (+ or -2) for the heating season (generally November through April). This is an environmentally responsible policy that meets applicable New York State building codes and OSHA guidelines as well as helps the college maintain sustainable practices through reduced energy consumption.

The use of portable space heaters is prohibited except where it is determined by the Office of Facilities (Physical Plant) that the building HVAC system cannot maintain the college approved temperature set point range in the area in question. The Physical Plant will provide the space heater if it is determined that one is needed. This policy will better allow the Physical Plant department to determine what HVAC systems need upgrading and will reduce the excessive electrical load and potential safety hazards created by unregulated space heaters.

The office of EH&S may further restrict use of portable indoor space heaters per fire code or ordinance.

Heated footrests or heated floor mats of 200W or lower power are not considered space heaters under this policy.  If you feel the temperature of your work area is outside the set points, please contact the Facilities Service Center at 585-395-2408.

Links to Related Procedures and Information

There are no links for this policy at this time.

Contact Information

Director of Physical Plant - (585) 395-5204

History (in descending order)

Item Date Explanation
Next Review Date 7/7/22 Three year review
Adoption Date 7/7/19 Policy Adopted
Draft Review Date 5/3/19 Draft Policy under 30-day Campus Review

Approval

This policy is approved by:

President's Cabinet

April 24, 2019

Last Updated 10/27/20

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