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Information for Occupants

  1. Manager: The Rosen Alternative Pest Control (RAPC) Center is administered by the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station and is managed full time by Jessica Kivett. He is your primary contact for information and assistance, at Rosen room 104, Kivett@uark.edu, 575-8737, or after hours at 443-9506 or 935-6241.
  2. To report a problem: Report equipment problems and alarms to the manager after hours at 443-9506 or 935-6241. Dr. Ken Korth is the alternate contact at 575-5191 or 251-1674.
  3. Emergencies: Please report emergencies to University Police at 575-2222.
  4. Access: Normal hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM weekdays. Building access afterhours is provided by the manager through an ID card reader system with departmental approval, evidenced by a key card signed by your P.I. and department authority. Keys to individual rooms and greenhouses are issued by the Facilities Management key office on Mitchell St. off of Razorback Rd. 
  5. Policies: Our goal is to maximize your success and productivity by providing a functional and safe facility. Please respect the rights of others, and follow all Rosen Center policies and procedures as stated in PMGS 96-01: http://uaex.edu/division/docs/policies/pmgs-96-1.pdf
  6. Greenhouses: It is your responsibility to keep these environments clean and orderly. Remove plants and trash from greenhouses in a timely manner. Greenhouses are off limits to tobacco users. No plants are to be brought in from outside locations without prior approval from the manager.  Do not store unnecessary materials in the greenhouses or other areas. Keep materials away from the radiators, sump tanks, sensors and light fixtures to improve safety and performance and to facilitate maintenance. Do not allow soil or debris to enter the floor drains. Do not tamper with the sensors or other control equipment.
  7. Discarding soil and plant debris: Discard plants as soon as possible after an experiment to reduce harboring pests. all plant debris and soil is to be discarded in the green “dumpster” in the loading area. All pots, labels and other trash must be separated and placed in the normal trash cans. Material coming out of the containment greenhouses must be autoclaved before discarding.
  8. Common use areas: You are required to clean up after yourself in all areas. Common use areas should be cleared of materials daily, unless prior approval is granted. University custodians do not clean greenhouses, greenhouse corridors, head houses or the equipment areas. Please sweep up floors and clean off benches daily after you are finished working. Clean carts, sinks, autoclave and fume hood after each use (daily). Do not allow soil or debris to enter the sink or floor drains.
  9. Growth chambers: These units are programmed by the manager. A shop vacuum is provided for cleaning growth chambers between experiments. Mop up spills after watering and sweep up spilt soil.
  10. Cold Room: Upon approval from the manager, limited space is available for samples related to work conducted in the Center. Label materials stored in the cold room with your name and date, and remove them as soon as no longer needed. Unlabeled materials are subject to disposal.
  11. Pest control: Pest identification is fundamental to working with plants. Please familiarize yourself with the pests on your particular plants, their identification, life cycle, feeding behavior and symptoms. It is very important to thoroughly examine plants in your greenhouse at least weekly (preferably more often). Timely treatment will be far more effective than after the population builds up, with less damage to your plants. Once pests have been identified it is your responsibility, in consultation with the facility manager, to apply an appropriate control measure in a timely manner following all safety guidelines. The manager keeps a log of materials used in each greenhouse and will be able to advise you on what to spray, an estimate of the volume needed, as well as the rate.The manager keeps pesticides locked in a room provided for that purpose, but each lab should have its own sprayer and personal protection gear (respirator, spray suit, gloves, etc).
  • Post notices of intended pesticide use clearly, 24 hours prior to use, and notify the facility manager.
  • The notice should contain the date, time, and location of intended use, contact person and phone numbers, chemical, formulation, EPA registration # and safe re-entry period.
  • Follow all of the label’s precautions. Use protective clothing and respirator
  • Mix only the amount of material needed.
  • Avoid chemical spray contact with the plastic exterior greenhouse walls.
  • Remove notices after the Re-entry period has expired