Help students and employees in your workspace stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic by promoting campus health and safety communications. This guidance is intended to assist in the posting of Smart Restart signage within interior spaces on campus.File: Signage-Recommended-Uses-and-Posting-Guidance.pdf
As we move closer to the fall semester, Facilities Planning & Management AVC, Alan Fish, outlines the Returning to Campus Safely instructions and guidance to help prepare as we return to campus.
PESTICIDE USE POLICY REMINDER
In accordance with the University’s stormwater management program and pesticide use policy, pesticide applicators are to notify Physical Plant Customer Service at 263-3333 prior to using any pesticide. In addition, applicators are to notify faculty, staff, students, and visitors of their pesticide use by reasonable and effective means. This can be accomplished through posted signs where pesticides have been applied, distributing posters/flyers, or direct notification to people who may frequent the application area. Pesticide spot treatment notifications may also be published throughout the application season on the Environment, Health & Safety website at: ehs.wisc.edu/environmental-compliance/.
The University’s pesticide use policy is posted on the Environment, Health & Safety website. The policy encourages best management practices to maximize the effectiveness and safety of pesticide use, while minimizing environmental impact. All pesticides used on campus, including in research and teaching, are expected to abide by the policy objectives, although alternative procedures may be allowed for the purposes of academic study.
Visit ehs.wisc.edu or contact Chris Egger, Environmental Compliance Specialist, at 263-6708 for pesticide label information, information about hazards and exposures to using pesticides, or information regarding pollutants in stormwater.
ANNUAL PESTICIDE APPLICATION NOTIFICATION
UW-Madison and the Lakeshore Nature Preserve
The University of Wisconsin-Madison applies fertilizer and herbicides to turf areas and landscape display beds throughout campus. Pesticides are also selectively used to control invasive plant species within the Lakeshore Nature Preserve in order to promote the growth of native plants. A listing of the products used across campus and the Lakeshore Nature Preserve can be found on the Environment, Health & Safety website at: ehs.wisc.edu/environmental-compliance/.
The University is sensitive to the community’s concerns regarding the use of herbicides and fertilizers. Therefore, we emphasize their use as a tool within our Integrated Plant Management Program to help promote healthy turf and landscape displays as well as diverse biological communities in our natural areas while also seeking to minimize overall pesticide use.
September is fire safety month on the UW-Madison campus. FP&M Environment, Health & Safety has partnered with the Madison Fire Department, the UW Police Department, UW Housing, and several local businesses to put on a series of hands-on events on campus.
September 6, 5pm-7pm
University Apartments Community Center
September 13, 11am-2pm
800 Block of State Street
September 27, 11am-2pm
800 Block of State Street
Each event will include a fire safety house, fire apparatus, firefighter gear to try on, fire extinguisher demonstrations, giveaways, UWPD squad car (with possible K-9 visits), CPR demos, and more.
Dane County continues to deal with the effects of widespread flooding, with additional rain in the forecast for the coming weekend. UW-Madison expects to operate normally and the campus itself has been largely unaffected, though many employees have been impacted by the flooding in the broader community.