Natural Gas Leaks Policy

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  • OBJECTIVE

    This policy is intended to establish responsibilities for response to calls reporting natural gas leaks.

    AUTHORITY

    Joint discussions between EH&S, University PPD and Maintenance Departments, and GFR.

    POLICY

    The appropriate Physical Plant/Maintenance Department is the primary contact for reports of natural gas leaks.

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    The Physical Plant/Maintenance Department is the primary contact and first responder for reports of natural gas leaks.

    Environmental Health & Safety can assist with odors deemed not to be caused by gas leaks

    PROCEDURES

    If the volume or nature of calls being received by the Physical Plant/Maintenance Department indicates a serious leak may be occurring, they will immediately contact Gainesville Fire & Rescue and the University Police Department.

    The Physical Plant/Maintenance Department will verify the building with the odor complaint is actually served by natural gas and send a knowledgeable person to check on the validity of the odor complaint.

    If the Physical Plant/Maintenance Department determines a gas leak warrants evacuation of the building, they will contact University Police and Gainesville Fire & Rescue to assist with the evacuation.

    If appropriate, the Physical Plant/Maintenance Department will contact Gainesville Regional Utilities for assistance.

    The Physical Plant/Maintenance Department will notify the Environmental Health & Safety Indoor Air Quality office when they receive a call.