III. If I am on company business and have a rent
car, do I purchase
the insurance from the car rental agency?
If you are on company business, then you are covered by SMU's auto insurance. You do not have to purchase additional insurance from the rental company. As a matter of fact, SMU will not reimburse you for the purchase of this additional insurance.
I. Does SMU have an emergency evacuation plan?
Yes. The emergency evacuation plan for the University was written by SMU's Police Department. The police department is responsible for initiating all actions in an emergency situation and they have been designated as the agency in charge. A booklet explaining the emergency plan can be obtained from the SMU Police Department's website.
Each building or work area should also have their own written emergency evacuation plan. Every employee should have a copy.
II. The emergency exit door has an alarm on it. If it doesn't work,
who do I call?
"Panic" hardware is installed to allow a work area to have an emergency exit door locked. The door can be unlocked by pushing a bar or lever. An alarm will sound. This is actually a security device and not a fire alarm.
To have batteries replaced, call Campus Planning & Plant Operations. These doors should be tested periodically to insure the alarm is working.
III. If the exit light is not burning, whom do I call?
Call Campus Planning & Plant Operations.
V. Do all of the resident halls have sprinkler systems?
Yes, SMU has thirteen resident halls on campus and all are sprinklered. In addition ALL of our residence halls have "state-of-the-art" fire alarm systems. SMU spent over $585 million on fire alarm systems for the resident halls.
I. If I am hurt while on break or while participating in the
wellness program, is it covered under worker's compensation?
No. Worker's Compensation covers injuries to an employee who is working within the course and scope of their job at the time of the injury. "Working out" during lunch or before and after work is not a part of the job.
I. Do we have asbestos on campus?
Yes. Any building built before 1970 probably has asbestos somewhere in it, the buildings at SMU are no exception. SMU has retained a company to continually inspect all of the buildings to insure that any asbestos is in a safe condition and represents no harm to anyone in the campus community. It is not only something SMU wants to do but it is the law.
Yes. Some buildings do have hazardous materials. For example, Fondren Science contains almost every chemical known to man. Some are classified as hazardous. Other buildings may also contain hazardous materials.
Ask your supervisor if there are any hazardous materials to which you may be exposed. Make sure they have MSDS's (Material Safety Data Sheets) on hand for those chemicals. Also find out what the procedure is for a "spill" of any of these materials.
III. How or who do I contact to dispose of hazardous waste?
Complete the Environmental Health and Safety's hazardous waste pickup request form or contact David Liner at 8-3224.
IV. The water tastes bad at SMU. Why and who do I
Lake levels are typically lower in the late summer months. This may contribute to a different taste of the drinking water. Since water quality is controlled by the local municipality, you can contact the City of University Park for any problems.
V. I observed a contractor doing something
unsafe. Who do I report it to?
The Campus Planning and Plant Operations have Project Managers over each general project. Contact C.P.P.O. and the project manager so they can communicate any unsafe acts to the General Contractor. Contractors are regulated by O.S.H.A. concerning worker safety.
VI . Does SMU have sick buildings on campus?
No! Air quality inside building is cleaner than outside air. However, the air quality inside is relative to how good the air quality is on the outside. You may experience problems during high pollen counts, bad air quality days, or perhaps if you have pets!
I. Are there procedures I need to follow when planning
Yes there are. In fact, there are certain countries that the University's insurer consider "war-risk" countries. Click here to learn more about travel abroad.
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