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SAFETY COMMITTEE POLICY/PROCEDURE STATEMENT

Shepherd University is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy work environment for all employees and users of campus facilities. Each employee is empowered to act and is expected to respond to unsafe conditions by reporting their observations and/or taking appropriate corrective measures in keeping with University safety procedures and industry practice. Visitors, contractors and other users of the University are subject to the Health and Safety Policies as established by the University.

The President will commission and support a safety committee to oversee campus-wide safety and occupational health issues. The chairperson, with support of the committee, has the authority to affect immediate cessation of activities or situations that compromise health, safety or environmental statutes or create undue risk exposure to the college and its employees. Committee membership will consist of representation capable of covering campus-wide safety, communications and input, such as, but not limited to, Administration, Classified Employees, Faculty, Students and others as determined by the President. The President will appoint a chairperson and may establish goals where necessary. The committee will report findings and recommendations to the Executive Director for Administrative Affairs to facilitate campus-wide communications. The President's office maintains an "open door" policy to address safety and health concerns.

The Safety Committee will meet regularly throughout the school year as called by the chairperson. Goals include:

  • The review of and monitoring of accident, incident and hazard reports.
  • Providing for accident/incident/ hazard investigation as needed.
  • Review, development, communication and enforcement of safety and emergency procedures including; general safety, right-to-know, hazardous waste management, risk management, environmental and personal protection and any other health and safety related exposure.
  • Conducting periodic hazard inspections.
  • Assisting in environmental health and safety related training programs.
  • Track health and safety regulations and implement as required.

EMPLOYEE RESPONSIBILITIES
Each employee is expected to assist in maintaining a safe work environment as a condition of employment, to observe all safety and personal protection measures established by the University or individual departments and to report unsafe practices or conditions. An employee may be called upon to assist in training new employees, serving on the Safety Committee, conducting hazard inspections and facilitating abatement of hazards as part of their regular job duties. When unsafe conditions exist, employees may take immediate corrective measures then communicate and document as appropriate to the situation. An Accident/Incident or Hazard report needs to be filled out as soon as possible and submitted to the University Counsel's office within 24 hours.

ADMINISTRATORS
Administrators are responsible to communicate to all in their respective area that health and safety for all are of the highest priority. Administrators will support and encourage subordinates in the development and implementation of departmental safety procedures and monitoring the implementation and effectiveness of the safety practices in their unit.

SUPERVISOR RESPONSIBILITIES
Supervisors are responsible for the training and education of their employees in safe working practices within respective work areas. Supervisors will supply proper safety equipment and personal protection devices, develop and monitor safety practices appropriate to the area. Supervisors should work in partnership with employees to eliminate hazards and refrain from assigning tasks to employees where training has not been given. Supervisors are responsible for documenting all training and maintaining a record of such for each employee.

HAZARD/ACCIDENT REPORTING
Upon discovery of a work place safety hazard, one should first take measures to eliminate or reduce the risk to others. Contact Facilities, University Police or other appropriate source for assistance.

Accident Reports are filled out to document a situation that has already occurred, such as a slip, trip, fall, cut finger, or other work place injury. Reports are submitted to the University Counsel's Office within 24 hours of the incident.

Hazard Reports are filled out when a potentially hazardous situation is observed that needs to be investigated. Hazard reports are forwarded to the Safety Committee Chairperson. The Safety Committee will investigate and respond to the report.

Revised: 11/13/2009

 

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