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Building Emergency Action Plan Information|University of Wyoming
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To prepare for any contingency, an emergency action plan establishes procedures that prevent fatalities, injuries, and property damage. This plan must be in writing, kept in the workplace, and available to employees for review. 
(U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration)

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A Building Emergency Action Plan (BEAP) is a procedural document which provides pre-planning guidelines and actions to be taken by University of Wyoming faculty, staff, students and visitors in the event of an emergency such as fire, explosion, severe weather, chemical releases, and all other emergencies.

These Building Emergency Action Plans support the University of Wyoming's Emergency Response Plan in compliance with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.38.

Contact UW Risk Management & Safety for questions regarding the implementation of the Building Emergency Action Plan program.


FAQs about Building Emergency Action Plans (BEAP)

To which buildings do these plans apply?

  • The Building Emergency Action Plans described below are required for all non-residential campus buildings occupied by University personnel and students.

Who writes the Building Emergency Action Plans?

  • The plan format and first 7 pages were reviewed by the UW President's Advisory Council on Safety (PACS) and cannot be significantly altered without administrative approval.
  • The emergency contact information, occupant lists and evacuation/shelter-in-place/rescue waiting areas are prepared by designated Building Emergency Coordinators, in cooperation with Work Area Emergency Coordinators (from each department housed in a building), UW Environmental Health & Safety (EHS), University Police (UWPD) and other administrative representatives.
  • The evacuation floor plans are created by the University Real Estate Office.

What is in every Building's Emergency Action Plan?

The first page of the BEAP contains building-specific information:

  • Building Name and date of last review
  • Emergency Contact Information
  • Designated Evacuation Assembly Areas and preferred Shelter-in-Place locations
  • Where Copies of the BEAP are kept

Pages 1-7 are the same in every Building Emergency Action Plan, and contain these major topics:

  • Purpose, Objectives, Scope and Definitions of the BEAP
  • Responsibilities of the appointed Building Emergency Coordinators and Work Area Emergency Coordinators, as well as Professors/Instructors and all other building occupants.
  • Emergency Communication options, including Text alerts, E-mails, Web sites and other methods.
  • Emergency action steps for building occupants. These could involve: Evacuation, Shelter-in-Place, Seeking Secure Shelter, or Avoid Area & Warn Others.
  • Individuals with Disabilities or Mobility Limitations
  • Accountability Procedures for Emergency Evacuation.
  • Rescue and Medical Duties
  • Training and Communication
  • Post-Emergency / Drill Evaluations

Appendices (pertaining to individual buildings) include:

  • Building Employee Lists
  • Listing of Individuals Requiring Evacuation Assistance
  • Building Evacuation Floor Plans
  • Preferred Rescue Waiting Areas
  • Research and Livestock Animals (if applicable)
  • Drill/Event Evaluation form

Where can I get more BEAP Information?

Contact Environmental Health & Safety: or (307) 766-3277

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