The University of Texas-Pan American
 
Environmental Health and Safety
October 20, 2014

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Fire/Facilities Safety Program

 
Introduction
 
The University of Texas – Pan American (UTPA) Department of Environmental Health and Safety (DEHS) has developed these Fire Safety Policies and Procedures to reflect the policies and guidelines of the Fire Safety Program. It is the intent of the Fire Safety Program to establish uniform procedures for staff, faculty, and students and guests to prevent fires from occurring and to conduct the proper emergency procedures in the event that one does. These guidelines are in compliance with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Life Safety Code 101 and the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).
 The UTPA DEHS acts as the liaison between the local fire department and the campus community. DEHS oversees the fire protection program and maintains an active database for inspection of fire extinguishers, fire alarm systems and other fire safety related equipment on campus. DEHS conducts code compliance inspections at all academic, administrative and housing facilities. DEHS coordinates the fire safety program and provides training and information to the University community as needed.
 
 

Higher Education Opportunity Act
Annual Fire Safety Report

 
The UTPA’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety (DEHS) is charged with oversight of the Fire Safety Program which ensures compliance with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) mandates and Best Management Practices associated with fire and facilities safety in an institutional environment. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with these specific mandates. In accordance with the HEOA, UTPA publishes an Annual Fire Safety Report which outlines key information relating to the fire safety related systems associated with UTPA campus housing.  Included in the report isa description of the fire safety system for each on-campus student housing facility, the number of fire drills held the previous calendar year, UTPA’s policies or rules on portable electrical appliances, smoking, and open flames, procedures for student housing evacuation, policies for fire safety education and training programs, reporting mechanisms in the event of a fire, and plans for future improvements in fire safety. Also, included in this report are Fire Safety Statistics which outline the number of fires and the cause of each fire, the number of injuries or deaths, and the value of any property damage. In addition to the Annual Fire Safety Report, a Fire Log is maintained by the DEHS which lists any fires that occurred in an on campus housing facility. For each fire, information regarding the location of the fire, the nature of the fire, the date the fire occurred, and the time of day the fire occurred is included.
  

The following report discloses all information required by HEOA as it relates to the University of Texas - Pan American for FY 2010 (09/01/2009 - 8/31/2010).

Annual Fire Safety Report

A hard copy of the Annual Fire Safety Report and the Fire Log is available by visiting the DEHS offices, located at Lamar Bldg. 1.202, 1201 West University Dr., Edinburg, Texas, or it can be requested by contacting the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at (956) 381-3690.

Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures

 
The University of Texas Police Department, in conjunction with the Department of Environmental Health and Safety, is charged with the Emergency Response Program on the UTPA campus. The programs primary goal is to ensure that in the event of an emergency , the UTPA responds in a manner that protects the lives and health of the UTPA community and any visitors, protects university facilities , property and equipment, and provides for the restoration of university facilities , functions and services. It’s vital that all faculty, staff and students be familiar with emergency procedures associated with a manmade or natural disaster that may occur on campus. In accordance with the HEOA, the UTPA has developed a policy statement which outlines Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures utilized to immediately notify the campus community upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation. The procedures include a list of organizations responsible for carrying out the emergency process, a description of the process the institution will use to determine the extent of the emergency, who to notify, the content of the notification, and the mechanisms used to initiate the notification system. In addition, procedures are also included for disseminating the emergency information to the larger community.
 
UTPA Emergency Notification Policy

A hard copy of the Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures is available by visiting the DEHS offices, located at Lamar Bldg. 1.202, 1201 West University Dr., Edinburg, Texas, or it can be requested by contacting the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at (956) 381-3690.

UTPA Emergency Notification Policy

 

Building Codes

Building codes are routinely referenced in the process of constructing, remodeling, and maintaining buildings.

The respective codes can be accessed at the following websites. For ID and password, please call the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at 3690. Only UTPA personnel can access the websites using the UTPA ID and Password.

National Fire Protection Association Codes (NFPA)
National Electric Code - NFPA 70
National Alarm Code - NFPA 72
American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
International Building Code (IBC)

Training

The University of Texas - Pan American DEHS provides fire and evacuation assistance training monthly to applicable staff and faculty.
1201 W. University Drive Edinburg, TX 78539-2999
956/381-UTPA  1-866-441-UTPA
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