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Policy Manual: Inclement Weather

About Inclement Weather


General Statement & Practices:

As a defined essential service and vital component of the University community, the Ethel K. Smith Library will attempt to provide basic services and maintain normal hours, as possible, during inclement weather.  When main campus classes are cancelled due to inclement weather conditions.  All adjusted hours will be posted to the Library website.

Please note that in the event of a power outage, the Library will immediately evacuate all patrons and close the entire facility (signs will be posted on the front doors).

Evening Hours:

In the event that the NC Department of Transportation or local authorities deem roads passable for only emergency personnel or if the National Weather Service anticipates that hazardous weather conditions will continue into or are predicted for the evening, the Library will cancel evening hours.  Closings will be posted on the front doors and the website.

OSHA Standards

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Occupational Safety and Health Standards
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Walking-Working Surfaces
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General requirements


1910.22(a)(1) All places of employment, passageways, storerooms, and service rooms shall be kept clean and orderly and in a sanitary condition.

Though inclement weather is considered an “act of God,” the University will make every effort possible to provide a safe work environment for its employees.

Updated May 2, 2011