Safety Awareness

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The environment of an active move area will be dynamic and unpredictable.  Please note the following awareness information to ensure a safer moving experience:


  1. Try to pack boxes as lightly as you can.  Packing a box to weigh less than 50 pounds is advisable.  Exact weight is not important, but keeping boxes to a weight that can be easily moved is critical.
  2. Pack boxes so that weight is equally distributed.  This keeps the box from tipping to one side when lifted.
  3. Packing boxes properly is important.  Ask Relocation Coordinator to assist with getting the necessary type moving boxes for your needs.
  4. Resist lifting, pulling, or shoving heavy boxes or awkwardly sized pieces.  Get movers to assist with moving of these items.
  5. When packing, stack the heavier boxes on the bottom so that boxes don’t topple over.  Don’t stack boxes too high, or place boxes on an unstable surface. 
  6. Don’t stack boxes in an area that would block travel pathways to entrances, exits, or stairwells.

Move Activity:

  1. Movers will be relocating boxes, furnishings, and equipment.  Please be aware of move activity going on inside and outside your building including areas such as your office environment, corridors, loading docks, elevators, and stairwells. 
  2. Move equipment (dollies, carts, boxes, etc.) will be placed in familiar traffic paths for the duration of the move.  It is important to watch your step when walking through a cluttered move space.
  3. Move vehicles will be using access to the most reasonable entry locations of the building.  The most reasonable entry locations could be the loading dock, front/back/side entry doors, or through upper story windows.  It is important to pay attention to mover vehicle locations which may include the concourse, street curbs, loading docks, and parking lots. 


  1. Place flattened cardboard boxes or stacked plastic boxes in an area that does not block travel pathways to entrances, exits, or stairwells.
  2. Place flattened cardboard boxes or stacked plastic boxes in an area that does not pose a tripping hazard.


Lab Materials:

  1. Lab moves can sometimes involve hazardous waste or materials.  Such materials need to be assessed by Risk Management and Safety (RMS).  The department being moved must work with RMS for proper transport or disposal of chemicals, materials, and equipment.  RMS personnel or their approved vendor are licensed to handle hazardous materials and are authorized to transport and dispose of these materials.  Please contact Risk Management and Safety at 844-4870 for protocol on laboratory chemicals, materials, and equipment.

For questions regarding assistance with moves, or for additional relocation information, please contact the Campus Relocation Coordinator at 703-0214.

Last Updated: March 26, 2014