4.27 - Workplace Safety Policy

: Human Resources
: President
: 09/20/2018
: 09/20/2018
: 09/20/2019
Comment on Policy

4.27.1 - AUDIENCE

All University employees.


The purpose of this Policy is to promote a safe workplace.



4.27.4 - THE POLICY

Safety is everyone’s business. Employees’ help is needed to ensure that work places are safe and that risks are kept to a minimum. In order to accomplish this goal, the following safety and housekeeping rules have been established:

  1. All University employees have specific responsibilities to comply with established health and safety policies, standards, rules, procedures and regulations.  These include safety-related signs, posters, warnings and written/oral directions when performing tasks. Compliance with these is essential to create and maintain a healthy and safe environment at all University locations.
  2. Know the location of, and be able to use first aid, fire protection, and safety equipment.
  3. Equipment must be shut down when making repairs or adjustments. Repairs or adjustments may be made only by persons authorized to do so.
  4. Supplies and equipment being stored must be stored in a neat, careful, and safe manner. Employees are responsible for keeping their work areas clean.
  5. Keep aisles and exits clear.
  6. Defective equipment and unsafe conditions must be reported immediately to the supervisor.
  7. Equipment must be kept in good condition.
  8. Do not use equipment unless experienced with or trained on how to use it properly and safely.
  9. Do not lift items which are too heavy. Use proper lifting procedures/equipment or seek assistance.
  10. If equipment has safety guards or shields, they must be in place before operating the equipment.
  11. All injuries, no matter how slight, must be reported at once to the employee’s supervisor and an Accident Form must be completed at once.
  12. Report to the supervisor or submit an online work order to address any unsafe conditions, practices, or equipment whenever deficiencies are observed. In the event of a Life threatening emergency, call 911 and then Campus Safety.
  13. Running, horseplay, scuffling, or throwing things within the University is strictly prohibited.

Disciplinary action, including termination, may result from violation of these safety rules or otherwise creating or contributing by act or omission to unsafe or unsanitary conditions.


Crisis Management Plan
Reporting on the Job Injuries Policy


There are no procedures for this Policy.


4.27.8 - HISTORY

This is a new policy, replacing language in the Staff Manual (May 2014) and the Faculty Policy Manual (2011).

4.27.9 - APPENDIX

Accident Form

4.27.10 - APPROVALS

Laura Custer, Director of Human Resources

Dr. Kathleen Jagger, Acting President