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    2017-09-05 Updated Air Quality Information

    September 5th, 2017

    7:19 am

    Dear Colleagues,

    This morning’s air quality index is extremely high, and is labeled “hazardous” by the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency. Area wildfires and weather continue to create severe smoke, and under the current conditions, any employee with outdoor work assignments should have those duties modified to indoor activities until air quality improves significantly.

    As shared yesterday afternoon, here is important information for supervisors related to air quality at the University of Oregon:

    • Contact UO Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) to report an indoor air quality concern at: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/b3d1835da52f401ea0d47e4fc9d441ee
    • If you have critical concerns about the indoor air quality in the work space you oversee, please contact EH&S at 541-346-3192 before taking any department-wide actions. Supervisors should be as flexible as possible with individual staff having issues related to air quality. Be prepared to respond to employees who have discomfort in the workplace, either in crafting acceptable alternative locations or assignments, or directing employees to use appropriate leave (see https://hr.uoregon.edu/hr-programs-services/benefits/time).
    • For UO employees whose work includes outdoors tasks, safety precautions should be used, including:
    1. Where possible, move outdoor workers to jobs inside (taking inventory, inspecting equipment, repairing tools, etc.)
    2. Adjust outdoor tasks to require less strenuous physical activity
    3. Those who must work outdoors should take frequent breaks to indoor spaces
    4. Drink lots of water
    5. Employees should continuously monitor their health, and at signs like light-headedness, shortness of breath, or nausea, go indoors and ask for help.

    Thanks for helping the university and all our colleagues during these difficult conditions.

     


    2017-09-04 Update on air quality at UO

    September 4th, 2017

    Dear Colleagues,

    Wildfires around the Willamette Valley and recent weather have combined to bring severe smoke to the area. Our thoughts go out to the communities, some very near Eugene and on evacuation notice, that face the greatest threats from these wildfires.

    Over the last week, the university has monitored local air quality to assess impact on operations.
    The UO will operate on normal schedule. However, the smoke may affect indoor air quality and HVAC systems.

    People with asthma or other serious medical concerns should work directly with supervisors to find appropriate remedies. Anyone experiencing health issues in the workplace related to air quality should also notify their supervisors. Supervisors will share mitigation steps and safety precautions with employees who typically work outdoors.

    Employees who are unable to report to work due to weather or personal circumstances should coordinate with their supervisors and may use accrued vacation, compensatory time, exchange time, personal leave, or leave without pay to cover the missed work time, if applicable. Use of accrued sick leave is appropriate only in the case of illness.

    Local smoke has been so extreme that some UO air handling systems interpret it as a building fire. These systems are performing as designed, and shut down building air circulation. UO employees have been monitoring and adjusting the systems to compensate, and resources have been concentrated to buildings with senstive equipment, laboratories, and animals.

    Anyone who hears a building alarm should evacuate immediately, even if the cause may be wildfire smoke.

    For more information on real time air quality, visit the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency website.

    For more information on reducing the health effects of wildfire smoke, please visit the Oregon OSHA website: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/Preparedness/Prepare/Pages/PrepareForWildfire.aspx

    Best regards,
    Nancy Resnick
    Chief Human Resources Officer and Associate Vice President

     

    Human Resources, 677 E 12th Ave., Eugene, OR 97403
    P: 541-346-1000


    2017-09-02: Heat, air advisory for Southern Utah at Oregon football

    September 2nd, 2017

    In collaboration with regional environmental experts (Lane Regional Air Protection Agency) and the Pac-12 Conference, the University of Oregon has been constantly evaluating the potential for any air quality issues that may arise during our game Saturday against Southern Utah. Fan and student-athlete safety is our paramount concern, and while all data at this point indicates no health risks or dangers posed by air quality, we will continue to collectively evaluate smoke conditions and would enact any contingencies as circumstances dictate.

    With respect to the expected warm temperatures, our event operations team (UOPD, EPD, the Eugene-Springfield Fire Department, the American Red Cross, and CMS) has a plan in place regarding Saturday relative to the expected high temperatures. Per the normal policy at Autzen Stadium, fans are permitted to bring sealed, plastic bottles of water in the stadium, and we will have hydration stations available for fans to refill their plastic water bottles.

    Also, additional water misters are being placed on the concourses and along the North rim of the stadium, and there will be an increased number of EMT medical personnel in attendance. Two recovery tents will be in place on the South side of the stadium with coolers of ice towels for any fans requiring assistance.

    As public health officials have said, fans should remain hydrated and monitor the weather situation in order to make informed decisions regarding game attendance based on their individual health profiles. According to airnow.gov, sensitive groups in this situation can include people with lung disease, older adults and children are at a greater risk from exposure to ozone, whereas persons with heart and lung disease, older adults and children are at greater risk from the presence of particles in the air.

    We hope you enjoy your experience at Autzen Stadium, and we thank you for your support of the Oregon Ducks.


    2017-08-28: Local Air Quality Warning

    August 28th, 2017

    Smoke from regional forest fires have pushed air quality in the Eugene-Springfield area into the “very unhealthy” zone on Aug. 28.

    The local Air Quality Index (AQI) has climbed to 223 as of 12:30 p.m.

    Many University of Oregon buildings can filter out a portion of the particulates in the air, so remaining indoors is best when possible. Outside doors and windows should stay closed in buildings served by central HVAC systems.

    An AQI between 200-300 is considered “very unhealthy.” Eugene is typically around 30-50 and considered “healthy.” Most people may start to notice symptoms including burning eyes, scratchy throat, and other mild respiratory effects. More sensitive populations may experience more serious symptoms such as coughing or difficulty breathing.

    Recent weather reports suggest smoke may begin to clear out after Tuesday. Please refer to the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) for additional information and a current indication of the AQI.

    Advice from the Oregon Health Authority on outdoor activities during wildfire events:


    UOAlert! test

    August 22nd, 2017

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    UOAlert! This is a test of the UOAlert! system.

    To register for UOAlert! or to update a cell phone number entry:

    1. Log into DuckWeb (http://duckweb.uoregon.edu)
    2. Select the “Personal Information” menu
    3. Select the “Enter/Update Emergency Alert Phone” link
    4. Enter your text-enabled cell phone number, including area code and then hit “Submit”


    UOAlert! ALL CLEAR – Huestis Hall

    August 18th, 2017

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    08/18/2017 @ 8:14pm

    The situation has concluded. Normal campus activity may resume. Summary information when and if available will be posted to the Alerts blog: alerts.uoregon.edu


    Hazmat Incident – Heustis Update

    August 18th, 2017

    August 18, 2017 – 7:20 pm

    Emergency response personnel responded to Heustis Hall this evening for a reported chemical spill. The initial investigation has indicated that the chemical involve does not pose a serious threat; the reported substance is a mild irritant. Two individuals in the impacted lab were transported for precautionary medical evaluation.  An All Clear message will be sent once the building is reopened.

     


    UOAlert!:HAZMAT INCIDENT Reported

    August 18th, 2017

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    UOAlert: HazMat Incident reported on or near Huestis Hall. Emergency response is underway. Updates when and if available will be posted on the alerts blog : alerts.uoregon.edu


    UOAlert! All Clear

    August 10th, 2017

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    [August 10, 2017/9:35pm]

    The situation has been resolved near E 13th and Kincaid. Summary information when and if available will be posted to the Alerts blog: alerts.uoregon.edu


    UOAlert!: Law enforcement activity

    August 10th, 2017

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    [08/10/17 21:05]

    Law enforcement activity is occurring near E 13TH AND KINCAID. Keep away from the area. Further updates when and if available will be posted to the Alerts blog: alerts.uoregon.edu


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