Environmental Health and Safety Policies
ACCIDENT AND ILLNESS PREVENTION PROGRAM
It is essential that employees make every effort to integrate injury and illness prevention into every part of their daily activities.
The Accident and Illness Prevention Program has been established to provide an environment free of hazards, and to manage its activities to develop an environment free from recognizable risks to the health and safety of students, staff, faculty, and visitors.
Directors, managers and supervisors shall be directly responsible for the observance of all safe operating procedures, maintenance of safe working conditions and the reporting and correction of any unsafe condition or personal act.
Each employee is charged the responsibility for following establish safe procedures and for completing each assigned task in a safe manner.
Violations of injury and illness prevention criteria or work rules and procedures will not be tolerated and are subject to disciplinary action. This includes managers and supervisors.
The Director of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is charged with the coordination and the implementation of a comprehensive Accident and Illness Prevention Program (AIPP).
Organization Rules and Responsibilities
To provide leadership and direction
To support the goals and objectives of the AIPP
Respond to recommendations in a timely manner
Motivate employees to work safely
Be alert for unsafe employee acts and correct through training
Commit resources to assure that identified hazards are promptly corrected and that all employees are provided with the tools and equipment needed to safely perform their job
Ensure all employees are provided with and use appropriate safety devices, safeguards, and personal protective equipment
Routinely conduct surveys and inspections to assess program effectiveness and employee compliance
Assure effective implementation of the AIPP within their areas of responsibility
Assure that all employees comply with the safety procedures and rules
Ensure that employees are provided with and use appropriate safety devices, safeguards, and personal protective equipment
Assure that all employees receive required safety training and that they are knowledgeable of the accident and illness prevention criteria applicable to their jobs
Notify employees of the new safety rules/criteria and the potentially hazardous exposures to hazardous chemicals and toxic materials
Assures that accidents, injuries, and illnesses are promptly reported and thoroughly investigated.
Know and practice all applicable safety rules.
Properly use and maintain personal protective equipment
Keep work area clean
Promptly report all accidents, injuries and illnesses to their immediate supervisor, regardless of outcome
Report known work place hazards, unsafe conditions or work practices or problems to you supervisor
Never remove or defeat any safety guard or device
Use only machines or equipment that are in good condition and proper working order
AIPP Goals and Objectives
Provide an environment that protects and promotes the health and safety of all students, employees, and visitors of SRU.
Comply with environmental health and safety laws and regulations and recognized standards developed for the protection of individuals.
Identify strategies and processes to reduce risks and losses.
Hazard Identification, Abatement, Analysis and Control
Inspections will be conducted annually by EH&S
All hazards will be identified and abated as soon as feasible
When any hazard is found to be an imminent threat to life, health, or property, action shall be taken immediately to stop work, and remove all personnel from the area, except those needed to abate the hazard
All new operations will be assessed for compliance with accident and illness prevention regulatory criteria
When conditions change significantly, a worksite inspection will be performed to assess hazard potentials
Job hazard assessment will be performed on all routine jobs/task to identify potential hazards and to recommend engineering controls and personal protective equipment
Analyses of accident and incident data will be performed as necessary to identify trends and to develop prevention programs
Employee will report every hazard that they cannot correct to their supervisor
Industrial Hygiene Surveys and Industrial Health Services
· Industrial Hygiene Surveys will be performed when required by regulatory agencies to ensure compliance and when potential health hazards are identified in the workplace
· Employees will be informed of the Survey and of its results
· External medical services will be used to evaluate an employee’s ability to safely use personnel protective equipment, to determine if workplace conditions/exposures have caused or aggravated an injury or illness, and to administer vaccines if needed.
AIPP Orientation and Training
Every employee will receive accident and illness prevention orientation training (i.e., Right-to Know, Fire Safety, etc. and other specific safety training (i.e. Confined Space, Bloodborne Pathogen, etc.) as appropriate
Follow up or refresher training will be conducted as needed, and/or annually depending on the requirements and regulations
Each new employee will receive training before being assigned any hazardous work duties
Employees shall be extended additional training as needs are indicated by accident investigations, claims experience, surveys, and job hazard assessments.
Communication and Suggestions
Effective two-way communication is an essential element of all effective safety programs
Safety meetings will be used to communicate with employees about pertinent safety issues and accident/ injury data
Staff meeting will include safety related issues and a forum for employees to offer suggestions and comments related to accident and illness prevention
Bulletin boards will be used for safety posters, required illness and injury data and safety alerts.
Environmental Health and Safety web page contains a broad spectrum of the health and safety information that will educate and link employees to their safety needs as well as provides a comment and suggestion section
Safety committees include representation from a cross section of employees
Suggestions and comments are encouraged from employees
Safety Training programs covering a broad spectrum of safety issues are made available
Ensuring Compliance and Enforcement
It is essential that all employees recognize the magnitude of our resolution to complete safety
All employees are required to follow safety procedures.
Corrective action processes are instituted to enforce policies, procedures or goals. They are consistent with union bargaining agreements.
Accident Reporting, Investigation and Recordkeeping
The purpose of accident reporting and investigation is to identify the cause of the accident without placing blame so that preventative action can be taken to prevent similar accidents from occurring in the future
Timely reporting of accidents is essential. Injuries/accidents must be reported as soon as possible after occurrence.
Property damage incidents shall be verbally reported to your supervisor as soon as practical
Accident Investigation may begin only after immediate first aid has been rendered
The workplace will be secured to prevent any further injuries from occurring as a result of the same hazard
Injury and accident records will be maintained by the EH&S Office
First Aid, CPR and Other Emergency Treatment
First Responders with be trained and kept current in First Aid and CPR
The University emergency phone number (3333) shall be posted on or near telephones so that emergency response can be initiated promptly.
Determining and Evaluating AIPP Effectiveness
The AIPP effectiveness will be evaluated by the AFSCME and Campus Wide Safety Committees by reviewing accident reports and inspection surveys
Periodic review by EH&S of Worker’s Compensation Claim reports can identify illness and injury trends that have led to lost time. Active cases where workers are receiving compensation for work related injuries or illnesses will also be identified here.
The AIPP Coordinator will revise the Accident and Illness Prevention Program, if needed, to meet the goals and objectives of the program.