Naomi Allen’s Entry in the “Office Plants” E-Mail Contest

To: All Staff
From: Office of Environmental Safety
Subject: Individually Owned Office Plants

Plants add tremendously to our environment and office atmosphere.  They are a blessing and a gift!  However, over the past several months our Office of Environmental Safety has received reports and complaints of plant born infestations. 

During a recent Office of Environmental Safety visit, plants located in several staff member’s offices are apparently not being appropriately cared for or properly maintained.  In some cases this lack of attentiveness has resulted in an infestation.  This is a safety violation!  Staff members who maintain plants in their office are responsible for their care and maintenance.

  • PLEASE minimize the number of plants in your office space. It is recommended that an individual have a maximum of two plants in their office.
  • Remove or dispose of those plants that require high maintenance to reduce the worry about watering and care.
  • Do not over water your plants!  Plants grown in offices usually have less need for water since light levels, humidity and temperatures are constant. 
  • All plants are not equal, especially regarding their adaptability to an office environment. Please check your plants frequently.

The Office of Environmental Safety and the Office of Building Management are committed to ensure a safe and healthy work environment for everyone.  Those who neglect caring for their plants will be subject to citation. Neglected plants will be removed from staff member’s offices.  Please care for your plants. If you need any assistance in removing your plant, please contact the Office of Environmental Safety via the Intranet.