Bridgewater State University's (BSU) Emergency Evacuation Plan (EEP) has been designed as a policy to assist faculty, staff and students in the creation of a system for protection of life and property in the event of a fire, explosion, spill or other emergency requiring building evacuation. This plan applies to state buildings only there is a separate plan for residence halls maintained by Residence Life and Housing.
|Building||Designated Meeting Area|
|180 Summer Street/
Davis Alumni Center
|Parking Lot behind Building|
|Admissions/Gates House||Boyden Quadrangle|
|Art Building||Boyden Quadrangle|
|Burrill Office Complex||Parking Lot Away from Entrance|
|Boyden Hall||Boyden Quadrangle|
|Campus Center||Library Mall|
|East Campus Commons Dining Facility||Between East Campus Commons and East Hall|
|Hart Hall||Grass Area Adjacent to Hart Hall|
|Harrington Hall||Boyden Quadrangle|
|Hunt Hall||Boyden Parking Lot|
|Kelly Gym||Library Mall|
|Maxwell Library||Library Mall|
|Moakley Center||Grass Area Adjacent to Moakley|
|Science Building||Library Mall|
|Tinsley Center||Fields Adjacent to Tinsley Center|
|Tillinghast Hall||Boyden Quadrangle|
|Trades Area/Operations Center||Parking Lot Operations Building|
Emergency Phone Number: Bridgewater State University Police 911
Potential emergencies at Bridgewater State University such as fire, explosion, spill, chemical releases, and all other emergencies require employees to evacuate the building. An Emergency Evacuation Plan and adequate occupant familiarity with a building minimize threats to life and property. In addition, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Emergency Action Plan standard found at 29 CFR 1910.38(a) requires that BSU have a written Emergency Evacuation Plan (EEP). This plan applies to all emergencies where employees may need to evacuate for personal safety.
This EEP is intended to communicate the policies and procedures for employees to follow in an emergency situation. The Emergency Coordinator should make this written plan available, upon request, to employees and their designated representatives for the building. The plan will be distributed by mail to all Departments on campus.
Under this plan, employees will be informed of:
The following guidelines apply to this EEP:
In case of a fire, employees should actuate the nearest fire alarm box as they are evacuating the premises and/or make a telephone call to the Bridgewater State University Police at 911. The alarm system alerts building occupants of the need for evacuation. It may be necessary to activate additional fire alarm boxes, if people are still in the building and the alarm has stopped sounding, or if the alarm does not sound. Call the Bridgewater State University Police at 911 or Bridgewater Fire Department at (508) 697-0900.
Persons discovering a fire, smoky condition, or explosion should pull the fire alarm box. Any pertinent fire or rescue information should be conveyed to the Bridgewater Fire Department or to the first Police Officer on the scene.
When the fire alarm sounds, all personnel should ensure that nearby personnel are aware of the emergency. If possible, you should quickly shutdown operating equipment (e.g., compressed gas cylinders), close doors, and exit the building using stairwells.
All occupants should proceed to their designated meeting area. All personnel should know where primary and alternate exits are located and be familiar with the various evacuation routes available. Floor plans with escape routes, alternate escape routes, exit locations, and Designated Meeting Sites are located in are posted in the building. Building occupants must NOT use elevators as an escape route in the event of a fire.
Small fires can be extinguished only if you are trained to use a fire extinguisher. However, an immediate readiness to evacuate is essential. All fires, even those that have been extinguished, must be reported to 911 IMMEDIATELY! Never enter a room that is smoke filled. Never enter a room if the door is warm to touch.
R - Rescue: When you discover a fire, rescue people in immediate danger if you can do so without endangering yourself. Exit via safe fire exit. Never use elevators. Close doors to room with fire.
A - Alarm: Sound the alarm by pulling a fire box and call 911 from a safe distance, to notify fire command center of precise location of fire.
C - Confine: Close all doors, windows, and other openings.
E - Evacuate: Evacuate the building! If you cannot exit your room, the fire is immediately outside of your door, stay inside and wait for assistance by the Fire Department.
If a disabled occupant is unable to exit the building unassisted, the faculty, staff, or student must notify the emergency response personnel of the person's location. Transporting of disabled individuals up or down stairwells should be avoided until emergency response personnel have arrived. Unless imminent life-threatening conditions exist in the immediate area occupied by a non-ambulatory or disabled person, relocation of the individual should be limited to a safe area on the same floor, in close proximity to an evacuation stairwell. Landings with hallway doors will close at all levels.
Groups working together on or in the same area should meet outside the building in the prearranged Designated Meeting Site. The faculty, staff, and students are to be trained in the complete workplace layout and the various primary and alternate escape routes from the workplace. All trained personnel are made aware of faculty, staff, or students with disabilities that may need extra assistance and of hazardous areas to be avoided during emergencies.
Once each evacuated group of faculty, staff, and students have reached their Designated Meeting Site, the faculty and/or supervisor should:
The Emergency Coordinator or the University Police will then coordinate information from the faculty and staff to the Bridgewater Fire Department; their roles will be as follows:
The Fire Department/Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT's) will conduct all rescue and medical duties. Do not move injured personnel. Keep the person lying down, covered, and warm.
Human Resources, the Emergency Coordinator, and/or the University Police would provide emergency response personnel with a list of department personnel, which may be needed and to provide additional information about the fire, a chemical, a hazardous waste location, a shipment of chemicals, etc.
Each occupant should know that evacuation is necessary and what his/her role is in carrying out the plan. Faculty, staff, and students should also know what is expected of them during an emergency to assure their safety. Training on the EEP's content is also required by OSHA 29 CFR 1910.38(a). A method of training building occupants in the requirements of the emergency evacuation plan is to give all employees a thorough briefing and demonstration. The Department's Supervisor will have all their faculty, managers and supervisors, and staff aware of the EEP on an annual basis. Faculty and staff should be given copies of the EEP with their initial hire information.
Last Modified: April 5, 2011