(also see Fire Emergency section of this Safety Guide) (P & P Section 26)

1. Keep all exit corridors, stairwells and hallways clear of obstructions and/or debris. Any item left in a corridor, stairwell, hallway, or foyer for more than 48 hours will be removed at the owner’s expense. See corridor storage policy.

2. Where sprinkler protection is provided, always maintain at least 18 inch clearance below automatic sprinkler heads. Do not store materials or place equipment directly under sprinkler heads and never hang items from sprinkler heads.

3. Portable electric space heaters can only be used in some areas and under certain conditions. Portable gas space heaters are strictly forbidden. See space heater policy for additional information.

4. Turn off heat producing equipment such as automatic coffee pots when not in use, especially at the end of the workday. An automatic timer may be used for this purpose.

5. Trash receptacles should be metal or FM/UL approved plastic. All trash receptacles in hallways and exit corridors must be covered or equipped with a self-extinguishing lid assembly. All trash containers of 20 gallons or greater capacity must be provided with covers.

Exception: Oily waste containers must be FM/UL approved (metal construction with self-closing lid).

6. A holiday decorations policy has been established by the OEHS. The policy is posted on the OEHS website and is distributed to all departments as a reminder every November.

7. A Hot Work permit must be issued prior to commencement of any hot work including welding, cutting, or soldering. (See P & P Section 24)

8. Lit candles are strictly prohibited in all University locations.


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This is a new fire code requirement as per  NFPA 101 – 2009, Section 12.7.6  which has been adopted by the Louisiana Office of the State Fire Marshal.

In Assembly occupancies at least one trained crowd manager or crowd manager supervisor must be provided.  These occupancies include facilities involving Commencement,  activities at Turchin Stadium, Dixon Hall, McAlister Auditorium, Avron B. Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse, etc.   An Assembly occupancy as per the  fire code is where there is a gathering of 50 or more persons for deliberation, worship, entertainment, eating, drinking, amusement, awaiting transportation or similar uses or used as a special amusement building.  For an occupant load which exceeds 250, additional trained crowd managers or crowd manager supervisors shall be provided at a ratio of one crowd manager or crowd manager supervisor for every 250 occupants, unless otherwise permitted by the following:   This requirement shall not apply to assembly occupancies used exclusively for religious worship with an occupant load not exceeding 2000.   The crowd manager shall receive approved training in crowd management techniques.  Crowd managers will be appointed by the departments responsible for the assembly occupancies and their activities. 

To access the Crowd Management training module, complete these steps:

  1. Go to Gibson Online.
  2. Sign in.
  3. Click on Staff, Faculty or Student.
  4. Click the "Training Wave" link under "Services."
  5. Click "Course Catalog" under "My Menu."
  6. Look for the following course:
    • Course ID: SAF111CBT
    • Course Title: Assembly Occupancies and Crowd Management
  7. Click Launch.

Personnel who are to serve as crowd managers must successfully complete this training module which includes a quiz.  Also, when you have successfully completed the course and quiz, you will be allowed to print a certificate.  Please print the certificate to be given to your supervisor or manager for documentation.  

If you have an questions or comments, then please contact Louis Mayer of the Tulane University Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) at 504-988-2447 or