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Interstitial Space Precautions (F&E.01.10.04)

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F&E.01.10.04

FACILITIES & ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT
POLICY & PROCEDURE


Effective Date: X Administrative Manual Policy

July 2015 Computer Room Manual F&E.01.10.04
Original
Revision X
Page 1
Of 2
Title: Interstitial Space
Precautions

PE.01.10.04 Interstitial Space Precautions
I. PURPOSE:
To ensure safe working standards and the safety of patients, visitors, and staff
located below Facilities & Engineering Services staff and contractors working
in the interstitial spaces of University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
(UWHC).

II. POLICY:
This policy establishes guidelines for working safely in the interstitial
spaces of UWHC. No planned interstitial work shall be conducted above
operating rooms, catheterization labs, or other invasive procedure rooms
during occupied times.

III. PROCEDURE:
A. Do not put yourself or persons below in danger, SAFETY FIRST.
B. Wear proper PPE for the task being done.
C. When working above a room, notify the occupants, or (if no one in room) tag the
door to indicate you will be working above.
D. Noise level should be kept to a minimum – language and radio communication
will be heard below.
E. Non-combustible (non-wooden) bridging material MUST be used when working
off the catwalk. Never try to stretch from joist to joist without having hold of
something dependably secure. Keep in mind that it is easy to lose your footing
and fall through.
F. All tools and materials must be secure at all times to avoid dropping anything
below. Use tool belts, bags, buckets, or fire blankets to keep loose parts from
falling. Any incident, including near misses that involve patients, visitors, or staff
MUST be reported to your supervisor and the Director of Life Safety as soon as
possible.
G. Never core drill without a catch person below to catch anything that might fall
through.
H. Do not tie or prop interstitial doors open. This is a fire code violation and will
endanger other areas of the building in the event of a fire by allowing the spread
of smoke and other products of combustion.
I. Do not perform any work that produces heat and/or sparks without first obtaining
a Hot Work Permit in accordance with Hot Work Precautions Policy PE.05.10.01.
J. Beware of sprinkler heads and other objects protruding into head space. Hard
Hats should be worn in accordance with Facilities & Engineering Services Safety
Equipment Policy F&E.01.10.02. Check ahead periodically while walking through
catwalk.
K. Repair or report to your supervisor all unsealed fire wall penetrations.

FACILITIES & ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT
POLICY & PROCEDURE


Effective Date: X Administrative Manual Policy

July 2015 Computer Room Manual F&E.01.10.04
Original
Revision X
Page 2
Of 2
Title: Interstitial Space
Precautions

PE.01.10.04 Interstitial Space Precautions
L. Remove all debris from the interstitial space at the completion of work required in
the space and at the end of each day.
M. In order to keep a usable fire exit path, keep catwalks clear of materials and
other obstructions at all times.
N. If you cannot safely access equipment from the interstitial space, you must do so
from inside the room below.

VI. COORDINATION:
Continual Readiness Committee
UWHC Director of Life Safety



Wayne Abbott
Director, Facilities & Engineering Services


PE.01.10.04 Interstitial Space Precautions