5.20 Small Appliances

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Chapter 5: Administration

Related MnSCU Board Policy: None.
Related MnSCU Board Procedure: None.

Purpose: Heat producing appliances used without safety precautions constitute a safety risk.   This policy is intended to mitigate the risk.

Part 1: Restrictions on Use

Subpart A: For safety and energy use reasons, the use of personal small appliances on the Normandale campus is discouraged.


Subpart B: Small appliances may be permitted in rooms and offices with automatic fire sprinklers and fire extinguishers located inside or immediately outside the room.


Subpart C: Small appliances may not be operated unattended.


Subpart D: Personal size refrigerators may be permitted but they must have energy star approval rating and be limited to one per office suite.


Subpart E: No personal space heaters are permitted.  Space heaters issued by Building Services are allowed.

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Part 2: Responsibility

Subpart A:  Approval by Building Services staff is required for all personal small appliances used on the campus.  The following criteria will be used:

  1. Appliances must be Underwriters Laboratories (UL) listed.
  2. Heat-producing appliances must have an automatic shut-off.
  3. Appliances with open heating elements are not permitted.
  4. Electrical power supply must be sufficient to operate the appliance.

Subpart B:  Enforcement of this policy is the responsibility of department supervisors.


Subpart C:  Building Services staff will report unauthorized use of small appliances to department supervisors.

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  Policy History:
Date of Adoption:  Established prior to 2011
Date of Implementation:
Date and Subject of Revisions:
Next Review Date:  2016-17
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