May 15, 2017
Facilities Management
Bill Paulus


Spotlight on Hazardous Materials

Dear FM,

The breadth of expertise within FM is something I really appreciate. From steamfitters who repair the underground heating pipes to the expert electricians, plumbers and mechanics and all the others who support our buildings and grounds, the professional wisdom of our teams is vast.

One group that may not be visible to many of us, but whose deep knowledge of mercury, lead, asbestos and other harmful substances is critical to a safe University, is the hazardous materials team. In addition to air monitoring, they contend with potentially hazardous materials and provide asbestos and lead training for 400-500 University employees each year. Recently, one of our student writers interviewed team manager Sean Gabor about the work to prepare the old Bell Museum to move; let’s just say bobcats and timberwolves were the least dangerous things in the dioramas. Read the whole story on the FM website.

Thanks to the hazmat team for your work on the Bell and for safely handling dangerous matter every day.

Have a great week,


Weekly Notes

  • The new Administrative policy update on access to University buildings after hours is currently in the mandatory 30-day review and comments period. Learn more and comment before June 2. Thanks to those who worked on the policy, which proposes students, staff and faculty must carry their U card when accessing any building after hours.

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Bill Paulus the interim AVP for FM
Bill Paulus is the interim Associate Vice President for Facilities Management. He regularly publishes memos to communicate information and issues that affect FM staff.