UWRL Employee Guidebook

Section 5: Safety Information

Safety Contacts

UWRL Safety Committee Members

Joan McLeanJoan McLean
Committee Head

Cathi AllenCathi Allen

Ashton DeckerAshton Decker

Belize LaneBelize Lane

Marissa LiMarissa Li

Bryson ParkerBryson Parker

Zac SharpZac Sharp

Patrick StrongPatrick Strong

Jan UrrozJan Urroz

1st Floor Building Marshals

Zac SharpZac Sharp

Chad TaylorChad Taylor

Steve BarfussSteve Barfuss

2nd Floor Building Marshals

Tracy BrownTracy Brown

Andrea BrownAndrea Carroll

Andrea CarrollJan Urroz

Logan River ObservatoryJeff Horsburgh

3rd Floor Building Marshals

Joan McLeanJoan McLean

Marissa LiMarissa Li

Mezzanine Building Marshalls

Ian GowingIan Gowing

Patrick StrongPatrick Strong

First Aid

First Aid Kits are available in the first and third floors of the building. If an emergency arises, please follow proper procedures.


A defibrillator is a device that administers an electric shock to some experiencing cardiac arrest. The UWRL has three defibrillators:

  • First floor, just east of the breezeway
  • Second floor hallway, just outside of the Receptionist's Office, Room 214
  • Third floor hallway

The defibrillator is very user friendly. Instructions are mounted in the second floor hallway with the device.

Building Marshals

The UWRL has designated team members on each floor to help ensure proper evacuation.   Find the safety member closest to you: 

1st floor: Zac Sharp, Chad Taylor, Steve Barfuss

2nd floor: Tracy Brown, Andrea Carroll, Jan Urroz, Jeff Horsburgh

3rd floor: Joshua Hortin, Joan McLean

Mezzanine: Ian Gowing, Patrick Strong

Fire Exits And Evacuation Plans

The UWRL has two designated evacuation meeting points:

  • In the Northeast corner of the main parking lot (designated by a metal sign)
  • On the new bridge out the west end of the building
  • All staff should become familiar with the location of the emergency fire alarm pull station and fire extinguisher nearest their work areas.
  • All fire alarms shall be treated as if they are real. 
  • All staff should be aware of the best exit route from their work area and also have a secondary exit route planned.
  • Staff should become aware of the presence of occupants in their vicinity in order to help ensure all people exit the building during the fire alarm.
  • Building occupants should leave the building and remain at a safe distance until authorized police or fire personnel have checked the cause of the alarm and determined that the building is safe to re-enter. 
  • Doors should be closed when exiting to help isolate the fire or smoke and help prevent smoke or fire damage if the fire origin is in another area.  MAKE CERTAIN THAT LOCKED ROOMS ARE VACANT.
  • Elevators should NOT be used for emergency exiting.
  • For personal safety, if there is heavy smoke in a corridor, occupants should get down low, crawl if necessary, to breathe the fresher air near the floor.  If clothes catch on fire — stop, drop, and roll.  Running will only increase the flames. 

Gun Policy

Current Utah law states that guns may be carried on campus (visible or concealed) with a concealed carry permit. However, if someone comes to the UWRL with a visible gun and you feel uncomfortable in any way, call the USU Police immediately (435) 797-1939, and then notify Jan Urroz (435) 797-3157 or the Business Office (435) 797-3155.

USU Policy and Campus Safety

At USU, we take safety seriously. We care deeply about the well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. We also recognize that the world can be a dangerous place and that it is important to be prepared. Campus Safety is dedicated to providing you with information, instruction, and resources for dealing with a variety of safety issues and emergencies on campus. Whether you are thinking ahead, have a safety concern, or are dealing with an emergent situation, Campus Safety will help guide you to the assistance you need. For more information please visit the USU Police Department or the USU Emergency Management Office.

UWRL COVID-19 Information

The Utah Water Research Laboratory (UWRL) is committed to the safety of its employees, students, and visitors and follows all Utah State University (USU) COVID-19 guidance.

USU Plans and Guidance