The goal of the Tufts Visitor Health and Safety Program is to prevent all visitors at all times from any injuries or diseases while on the campuses of Tufts University and to the extent feasible while visiting any Tufts event that is open to the casual and invited public.
Visitors are all casual or invited persons on the Tufts campuses or attending Tufts sponsored events who and are not present as an employee, student or contractor. Employees attending public events are visitors and not employees unless they are present for the purpose of performing their job.
Numerous visitors come to Tufts each day as potential students or employees. Others come as potential contractors or suppliers of goods and services.
There are many public spaces and activities hosted by Tufts open at times to casual and invited visitors: museums, cafeterias, entertainment venues, recreational spaces and parking areas. Visitors attend sports, cultural, entertainment, educational, and recreational events throughout the year.
Tufts maintains miles of walkways and stairways both inside buildings and in outdoor spaces. These walkways are installed and maintained to provide smooth, unobstructed dry paths and stairs. Most stairs are equipped with sturdy handrails on one or both sides of the stair. In wet and icy conditions, every effort is taken to restore the walkways to dry, smooth and unobstructed condition as weather conditions allow. Unofficial dirt paths between buildings should be avoided since these may be uneven, obstructed, muddy, slippery and unsafe for normal walking. At night, walkways and stairways frequently used for access to public spaces and events are lighted.
In the event of fire or other incident that requires building evacuation, follow the marked exit signs to the nearest EXIT. Proceed out of the building quickly but without running while leaving the building.
Evacuation route maps are located in common areas in larger buildings and will direct you to the nearest EXIT. In all buildings, the exits are marked. Visitors should acquaint themselves with available exit paths.
Persons with mobility issues needing evacuation assistance should notify Tufts staff of that need. If located on upper floors during a fire alarm or other evacuation, persons with mobility issues should:
Restrooms available to visitors are generally located in buildings and areas where visitors are expected such as conference areas, libraries, theaters, athletic venues, cafeterias, museums. Temporary restrooms may be found at outdoor events. A sink with water, soap and hand towels or a hand sanitizer is always available to prevent disease.
Casual and invited visitors should be aware that Tufts University staff operate hazardous equipment, use hazardous materials and engage in processes and procedures that require protective equipment and personal gear such as gloves, eye protection etc. Laboratories, shops, garages, mechanical spaces, studios, and makerspaces are off limits to casual and invited visitors. Invited visitors may be welcomed if the hazards are removed or the visitors obtain the necessary training, follow the required safety procedures, and wear the required protective gear.