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Fire and Life Safety

Fire Prevention Policy

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Nova Southeastern University is committed to mitigating the threat of fire to students, faculty, staff, visitors, vendors, and all of NSU properties; therefore, Nova Southeastern University has developed a Fire Prevention Plan with the goal of reducing the risk of fire- related incidents and injuries, and to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) standard on fire prevention, 29 CFR 1910.39. All faculty, staff, and students should be knowledgeable of the emergency procedures that should be followed in the event of a fire.

A fire safety program is essential in protecting students, faculty, staff, visitors, and vendors from injuries, deaths, business interruption, and property damage resulting from fires and related hazards.

Nova Southeastern University's Fire Prevention Program is intended to provide pertinent information to faculty, staff, and students in order to reduce the possibility of fires and to specify the types of equipment to use in case of fire.


The purpose of this Fire Prevention Policy is to reduce the possibility of fire, to prevent loss of life and property by fire, and to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) standard on fire prevention ( 29 CFR 1910.39) by providing employees with information and guidelines that will assist them in recognizing, reporting, and mitigating fire hazards.


The Fire Prevention Policy is applicable to all University students, faculty, staff, visitors, and vendors on all Nova Southeastern University's campuses and centers. This plan is designed to ensure that all reasonable steps are taken protect the campus community from risk of fire.

Responsibilities of Specific Administrator

Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety acts as the authority having jurisdiction in matters concerning fire and life safety for Nova Southeastern University. The Department of Environmental Health and Safety is responsible for the implementation of all aspects of the Fire Prevention Program and for maintaining compliance with all codes and standards applicable to fire and life safety, and for establishing fire safety best practices for all campuses, Student Education Centers, and other properties. Each person and every department is expected to perform work in a safe and healthy manner and in compliance with the regulatory requirements.

Program Administrator

The Fire and Life Safety Manager shall administer the fire prevention program for Nova Southeastern University and shall maintain all records pertaining to the program. The program administrator shall also:

  • Develop and administer Nova Southeastern University's fire prevention training program.
  • Ensure that fire control equipment and systems are properly maintained.
  • Conduct fire safety inspections and submit work orders to correct violations.


Departments are expected to assist in providing a safe and healthy living, learning and working environment for faculty, staff, students and visitors. Supervisors must implement the requirements of this program to assure compliance with applicable codes, regulations and policies. Supervisors should periodically inspect and/or coordinate the inspection of all workplaces to identify hazards. This will be the responsibility of the highest supervisory level of each departmental unit unless otherwise specified.

Students, Faculty, and Staff

Students, faculty, staff and visitors play an important part in assuring safety: they must do what they can to protect themselves and others within the university community. Staff must avail themselves of information pertaining to the safe conduct of their work, regardless of the setting. Students must also participate in fire and life safety programs and respect the safety of others and their own safety. The Office of Public Safety offers safety training programs for all affected persons on campus.

Contractors and Vendors

Contractors and vendors working at the university are expected to observe and abide by state and federal codes and regulations as well as policies and procedures established for the university.

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