Building Systems (Utilities)

Building Systems (Utilities)
(gas, water, sewer, electrical)


OSU-Cascades Campus Safety: 541-322-3110
Environmental Health & Safety:  541-737-2273

In the event of extended utility loss or suspected leak (power, water, sewage backup, etc.) at a facility, certain precautionary measures should be taken depending on the geographical location and environment of the facility:

1.  Evacuate the building if necessary
     a.  Lab hood ventilation is lost
     b.  Power is lost
     c.  Odor is detected (like rotten eggs or sulfur)

2.  Contact Campus Safety (541-322-3110) to report the problem

3.  In the event of a suspected natural gas leak, call 9-1-1 and the local gas company (Cascade Natural Gas 24-hour hotline: 888-522-1130)

4.  Ensure the backup generator has started for a power outage

5.  If stuck in the elevator, use the elevator intercom to request assistance
     a. Remain calm
     b. Call out for help if the intercom does not work
     c. DO NOT attempt to exit the elevator without emergency responders present

6.  Be prepared to provide fire monitors if occupancy is permitted during a utility outage

7.  Building re-entry:
    a. If the building DOES NOT have a backup generator, and the life safety/fire detection system is not powered, a Fire Watch has to be implemented if the building is to be re-occupied while the power is out.  A Fire Watch must:
        i.    Be competent to identify fire hazards
        ii.    Be able to communicate to the fire department if a response is needed
        iii.    Be familiar with the structure and emergency plan
        iv.    Perform patrols every 15 minutes to look for instances of fire
        v.    Keep a log sheet:  Person’s name, time each activity was conducted, description of activity
    b. If the building has a backup generator that powers the life safety/fire detection systems, confirm the generator is running and re-occupy the building.
    c.  If the building has laboratory hoods, contact the Facilities & Operations manager for habitability evaluation prior to any building occupancy.


1.  Electronic equipment should be brought up to ambient temperatures before energizing to prevent condensate from forming on circuitry.

2.  Fire and potable water piping should be checked for leaks from freeze damage after the heat has been restored to the facility and water turned back on.

3.  If the natural gas has been turned off, only a representative from the gas utility may turn it back on.