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Utility Systems & Technical Support: Providing Power for UC

Important Utilities COVID-19 Updates

All University of Cincinnati Utilities families and friends.  Like so many of you, we have spent the last several days and weeks learning about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it is impacting our world.  And like you, during these last few weeks we’ve been focused on doing the things we need to do to keep our families, students, workplace safe and healthy.   This has been at the center of our conversations every step of the way. With that in mind, we have made several changes in our operations in response to the threat of the coronavirus.

We are closely following the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) guidelines and recommendations on the steps we can take to help prevent the spread of the virus. We have shared specific instructions with our employees on the importance of washing their hands and informing us if they are returning from an area of the world identified as posing a coronavirus-related risk.

We have canceled or will cancel all face to face meetings with non UC personnel, again to do what we can to help prevent the spread of the illness to our employees.

Our buildings are now locked, and entry must be requested and permitted upon arrival.  Only non UC personnel who are to perform pre-approved work will be allowed entry. Others who choose to visit will be denied entry.

Any personnel entering the UC plant facilities will be required to sign a form stating that they have not been outside the United States in the last 14 days, and that they have not to the best of their knowledge encountered any person who has been exposed to the coronavirus.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may create, and assure you the sole purpose of these measures is the safety of our employees and their families.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to let me know.

Thank you everyone for your understanding during these trying times.

Mike Hofmann

General Guidelines

  • Everyone must wear an approved cloth face cover when they are in either campus plant. This applies to UC and non UC personnel, including contractor personnel.
  • It is recommended that everyone also wear a face cover anytime they go out in public, period.
  • Continue to maintain social distance whenever possible, keeping approximately six (6) feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Control Room Operators have been “separated” from one room.  We have provide “auxiliary control rooms” for use during this period.
  • All meetings have been made virtual
  • We continue to take the temperature of anyone entering our plant facilities.  Measured temperatures must be below 100 degrees F.  Temperatures must be checked every twelve hours where applicable.
  • Utility Plant doors remain locked at all times.  Entry is with permission only.
  • All non-essential visitors have been eliminated.
  • All non-critical to operations work has been put on hold until further notice.
  • Operator twelve hour shifts, seven on/seven off continue to minimize exposures.
  • Control rooms are cleaned/sanitized in between shifts.
  • All visitors must sign a document stating that they have not:
  • Had symptoms of COVID for 14 days
  • Have not knowingly been exposed to someone with COVID in last 14 days
  • Have not traveled to a “hot spot” in the last 14 days.
  • Employees who are “sick” have been asked to not come in to work.
  • Staff personnel are encouraged to work from home when possible.
  • Insured employees take breaks and lunch maintaining social distance (six feet)

 

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Mission

It is imperative that a “World Class University” be supported by a “World Class Utility”

UC Utilities manages the production and distribution of energy to insure that students, faculty, and staff are provided a safe, healthy, and comfortable environment, while being effective stewards of the University’s resources and the environment in which we all live.

Vision

The vision of Utilities is to provide World Class Service while exceeding the expectations and needs of our customers, the University community, by providing the most reliable and cost effective utilities, gaining national recognition for the university and supporting the university's mission.

Mike Hofmann
Director Utilities
Phone:  513-556-5151
Fax:        513-558-1739

UC Central Utility Plant at Night

Core Values

  • Safety - We put safety first in everything we do.  The safety of students, faculty, staff, and teammates is our highest priority.
  • Integrity - We do what is right.  We act ethically.
  • Accountability - We do what we say and own what we do.
  • Innovation - Our work is driven by curiosity, and fueled by knowledge to discover the “new and next”.
  • Environmental Stewardship - We commit to protect and be good stewards of our natural resources.
  • Passion - We’re passionate about what we do. We strive for excellence.  
  • Communication — We communicate clearly, openly and frequently, and work hard to ensure that every voice is heard.
  • Inclusion — We learn from and respect our differences.  We are empowered by people, perspectives and diverse ideas.
  • Teamwork — We work effectively as one team.

 

Location

Central Utility Plant
3000 Glendora Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0390

Campus mail: ML 0390
Office phone: 513-556-5151
Office fax: 513-558-1739

UC Power Plant