UW-River Falls Administrative Policy
The use of space heaters on the UW-River Falls is not allowed due to risk of fire and concerns for energy consumption. Space heaters create an energy drain because the heat produced in one area upsets normal operation of building HVAC systems causing uncomfortable conditions for others.
The University responsibility for this policy lies with the Risk Management Officer and Executive Director for Facilities Planning and Management.
The UW-River Falls Chancellor issues this policy in accordance with the Administrative Policy process.
The ACBF is responsible for the administration of this policy. Request an exception to this policy by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Failure to adhere to the provisions of this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary action as provided under existing procedures applicable to students, faculty, and staff, and/or civil or criminal prosecution.
To utilize a space heater for temporary, supplemental heat, all of the following requirements are mandatory:
All staff and students must adhere to this policy.
This policy will be enforced by Risk Management in cooperation with Facilities Management and in accordance with the following:
Per the State of Wisconsin Energy Use Policy, thermostats should be set at 68 degrees in the winter. In the event of an extreme comfort concern for an office occupant regarding their office temperature, submit a work order to Facilities Management to resolve the problem (Go to: www.uwrf.edu/Facilities/WorkOrders.cfm or call x. 3827). If Facilities Management determines that it is necessary to allow a space heater for temporary, supplemental heat until the comfort concern can be permanently resolved, it is essential to ensure the safe and responsible use of the portable space heater in order to reduce the risk of fire. Only space heaters approved by the Facilities Management staff can be used.
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