Safety and Security

safety illustrationFaculty and staff at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison can find information about safety procedures from the resources listed below.

The UW-Madison Safety Department provides biological safety, general safety, occupational health, chemical and environmental safety, lake safety and radiation safety support for campus.

The UWHC infection control department is responsible for maintaining a safe work environment. A large part of its duties includes maintaining, reviewing and updating the bloodborne pathogens exposure control plan (pdf) at least annually, and whenever necessary to include new or modified tasks, procedures and sharp safety devices.

Occupant Emergency Plan (OEP)

occupant emergency plan iconThe SMPH Occupant Emergency Plan (OEP) is an all-hazards plan designed around a building’s unique layout and function. The primary purpose of the OEP is to provide guidance to building occupants in the event of an emergency, such as a tornado, active shooter, gas leak or bomb threat.

The OEP provides life-saving information to the occupants of the building. Occupants need to know when it is appropriate to evacuate a building, when to shelter in place, and when to hide. This and further life-saving information is found in the OEP.

Every building that has a completed and approved OEP is required to hold at least one emergency drill per year. These drills will test the building occupants with a scenario they may face in real life. Note that the yearly OEP drill is in addition to the required yearly tornado and fire drills.

Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP)

exclamation point iconThe Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) is designed to identify essential functions and plan for the continuation of these functions during a disaster or emergency. Should a disaster or emergency severely affect the school, the completed COOP plan will be activated. The COOP will ensure deliver of essential functions for up to 30 days and guide the “rebuilding” of the affected department or campus. The COOP will regularly be revised and updated to meet the current threats and vulnerabilities.

Emergency Number Cards

Through a joint effort between SMPH and University Hospital, quick reference emergency phone numbers cards were developed. One side of the card has the hospital emergency numbers, while the other has the SMPH emergency numbers.

You can download and print the card for your reference, or feel free to stop by the Facilities Group office at HSLC 1365 and get your free card.

Emergency Procedures

emergency procedures guide iconThe UW-Madison Emergency Procedures Guide provides a quick reference to be used in preparation for an emergency on campus. It contains information about weather emergencies, chemical spills, utility failures, bomb threats, suspicious packages and persons, fires and active shooter situations.

The guide cannot cover every emergency that may arise. If you are unsure of what you need to do in your building, please ask your facility manager, contact the University Police at (608) 264-COPS (2677), or the Environment, Health & Safety Department at (608) 265-5000.


wiscalerts iconWiscAlerts is the name for UW–Madison’s emergency notification system. The system is designed to provide information about an active emergency situation that requires the community to take immediate action in order to stay safe.

Although WiscAlerts will be sent via campus email and landline phones, students, faculty and staff can also sign up online to receive alerts via text message. It’s simple and takes just a few moments.

Text alerts

text alertsThe SMPH Facilities Group offers a text alert system that employees and students can sign up for to receive emergency response notifications. This is not a replacement for WiscAlerts; this is only for building notifications. The facility manager will use this system when there is a power outage, flood or a similar type of emergency. Alerts are available for the CSC, HSLC, McArdle, MFCB, MSC, WIMR and WisPIC.

Health Sciences Complex Security Office

The Security Office is located in Room 1375, across from the University Book Store near the Health Sciences Learning Center freight elevator.

Phone: (608) 262-3058


Hours: Security services, including card access issues, are provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by UW-Madison Police Department’s Security Officers. If you need assistance and the Security Office door is closed, return later or call UW Police dispatch at 264-2677 (COPS) to request immediate assistance.

For more information: Visit the UW-Madison Police Department website.

UW Hospital and Clinics Safety and Security

uw hospital safety and securityThe goal of the safety program is to provide and promote the safest possible physical environment free of hazards using a systematic approach based on the mission and vision of University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC).

UWHC Security is an in-house, uniformed security department that is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The main office, located at E6/206, near the hospital’s main entrance, is the destination for all incoming calls to security at (608) 890-5555.

More information is available on u-Connect, the UWHC intranet.