We have some hard land line phones in our labs, not VOIP because those do not carry their own electricity. Land Line service will not (or should not) be interrupted in a power failure which means you can still call 911 even if there is no cell signal.
From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Margaret Rakas
Sent: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 4:17 PM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Phones in Labs? Please pardon the cross-listing
We have campus phones in all our labs now and I wouldn't have it any other way because:
You have no idea if cell reception is going to be good in your brand-new building...forget what the architects tell you!
If your emergency response is calling a number other than 911, then having a 'campus phone' makes that easier.
You can also have a directory of teaching and research lab phone numbers...
Researchers may leave their belongings in one lab and go to another to perform analysis, etc. How do they then call for an emergency?
We included phones in our new building (2009) and added them to every lab in a recent (2011) renovation, along with adding them at exit stairs.
The only thing I'd change is I would standardize placement of the phones. We have a few labs where you've really gotta hunt to find them...
On Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 4:04 PM, Smallbrock, Margaret A. <Margaret.Smallbrock**At_Symbol_Here**sdsmt.edu> wrote:
We are designing lab space and have run into the question of a hard wired phone? How many out there are still doing this? Would you recommend it? Suggestions and ideas are welcome.
Campus Environmental Health and Safety Manager
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
501 East St. Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD 57701-3995
Margaret A. Rakas, Ph.D.
Manager, Inventory & Regulatory Affairs
Clark Science Center
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