Space Heaters

Space Heaters

The use of portable space heaters on USF property is a real safety concern, therefore, space heaters with open heating elements are banned from use. If your office or work area is cold please contact Operations using the campus work order system. A maintenance technician will determine if adjustments can be made with the internal building system to increase the comfort level. If that does not provide adequate heat, the Operations Department can authorize a department to purchase a portable heater. Once the account arrangements have been made, Operations will be responsible for purchasing the heater. The only type of space heaters that are approved for use on campus are electric, oil filled radiators and an under desk heating mat. They are very safe, have no exposed elements, are quiet, and energy efficient.

No personally-owned space heaters are to be used on campus.

When using a portable heater the following precautions must be observed: Be certain heater is placed on a level and nonflammable surface. Do not place heaters where paper or other objects could fall on the heater. Oil filled heaters must have 18” clearance from all combustible materials. Oil filled heaters must not be placed under a desk or counter space. Do not hide cords under rugs or carpets. Do not use an extension cord with the heater. Do not use heaters in wet locations, such as bathrooms. Be sure the plug fits snugly in the outlet. A loose plug can overheat. Never use heaters to dry clothes or shoes. Heaters must not be left unattended for any length of time. All heaters must be turned off when you leave for the day. Never operate a defective heater. Report a defective heater at once.

Approved: December 18, 2013
Risk and Safety Management Committee