Small appliance safety policy

Objective

To minimize the hazards associated with the use of small electrical appliances in offices and break rooms and to conserve energy.

General

  • Most appliances shall be restricted to areas used for food preparation, and/or break and lunchrooms.
  • Generally small electrical appliances are not recommended in offices, with the exception of radios, staplers, pencil sharpener, shredders, etc.
  • Extension cords are not permitted. Appliances must be plugged into designated wall outlets or UL Listed multi-outlet surge protectors (with built-in circuitbreaker).
  • Outlets shall not be overloaded by using multi-plug adapters. UL Listed powerstrips or surge protectors may¬†work. (Call Facilities Operations for assistance.)
  • All appliances must be labeled UL Listed.
  • Areas around appliances shall be kept clean and free of clutter.
  • Fire extinguishers shall be kept in close proximity to break/lunchrooms. Staff must know where they are and how to use them.

Appliances

Appliance Areas permitted
Microwave oven Permitted only in areas used for food preparation, and/or break and lunch rooms.
Coffee makers Permitted only in areas used for food preparation, and/or break and lunch rooms (two-hour shut-off models required)
Electrical space heaters Permitted if WSU Vancouver approved
Small electric fans Permitted if WSU Vancouver approved
Small refrigerators Permitted if WSU Vancouver approved
Toasters Not permitted
Toaster ovens Not permitted
Halogen lamps Not permitted

For appliance approval

Submit an online Work Order Request form.

The Safety Committee recommends that heat-producing devices not mentioned in this policy be located in areas used for food preparation, and/or break and lunch rooms, and be placed on non combustible surfaces.

Requests for exceptions to the above policies must be submitted by department heads to van.plant@wsu.edu. Requests will be reviewed by the Director of Facilities Operations and Chair of the Safety Committee on a case-by-case basis.