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Research & Pharmaceutical Materials Stored in Temperature Controlled Units

medical refrigeration unitSpoilage losses of high value research materials stored in temperature controlled units (i.e. freezers, refrigerators, incubators and cold rooms) caused by mechanical failure prompted the University's insurers to mandate prevention efforts as a condition of continued insurance coverage. This included the installation of continuous monitoring devices or systems on all temperature controlled units, maintenance of an active inventory and report of estimated dollar value of materials (maximum of $1.25M per unit).

University Purchasing notifies departments as new temperature controlled units are purchased. You may contact Joey Bryant at (801) 581-8992 or jbryant@purchasing.utah.edu for information regarding the purchase or maintenance of auto-dial or continuous monitoring devices.

Departments and Research Labs are required to submit an annual survey of temperature controlled units and material valuations to University Risk & Insurance Services (URIS) by March of each year. If your temperature controlled unit is not reported to URIS or found in the current database, it is not insured. Please call our office if you want to verify your department unit(s) and contents are insured.

Please also see the list of Loss Prevention Protocols which applies to temperature controlled units containing research or pharmaceutical materials.

If you experience a theft or damage and want to process an insurance claim, please contact University Risk & Insurance Services at 801-581-5590  or refer to our Property Loss Recovery Procedures page.

Last Updated: 9/20/17