The health and safety of our university community and campuses, as well as the protection of our environment, are of the utmost importance within the university. Our safety-focused actions and values help ensure a safe and secure environment for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors (including contractors) to learn, grow, and provide support throughout our educational pursuits. Doing so provides numerous benefits both in personal and financial security for our institution. Although many aspects of environmental health and safety activities are highly regulated by numerous local, state, and federal regulations, in the end, it is about our people and our world around us. With the integration of safety, health, and environmental actions into our everyday practices, all within our community benefit through the success of our efforts.
This policy applies to all university students, faculty, staff, and visitors (including contractors) working and/or visiting any of our campuses. Final responsibility for environmental health and safety policy and programs rests with the President of the university.
The Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) Department has the authority and responsibility for directing and implementing provisions of this policy for the university. Responsibilities include:
Faculty, Principal Investigators, Managers and Supervisors are responsible the safety of those individuals under their direction. Responsibilities include:
Students and employees are responsible for the safety of their own actions and for safety awareness of the activities around them. This includes:
Policy StatementThe university is committed to maintaining a safe workplace environment for all who visit our campuses. Therefore, it is university policy to conduct operations in conformance with all applicable laws, regulations, relevant published standards and practices for environmental health and safety protection.
Compliance standards include, but are not limited to, the following as related to environmental health & safety (EH&S):
Building a strong safety culture is an expectation of all employees of the university. The following are examples of behaviors that the university encourages as part of building our safety culture:
Violations Failure to adhere to this policy and its associated procedures by university personnel will result in disciplinary action in accordance with the Disciplinary Action Policy. Any fines or penalties associated with the violation(s) may, at the university's discretion, be the responsibility of the department responsible for incurring the violation(s).
Student actions contrary to the Environmental Health and Safety Policy shall be referred to the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards to address the violation(s).
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