Comprehensive Safety Plan . To effectively meet the goal of reducing accidents and illnesses the university has developed this Comprehensive Safety Plan. The Plan is managed by the Environmental Health and Safety Office and reviewed annually to meet the appropriate needs of the university. The purpose of the plan is to provide guidance and direction for the environmental health and safety program at the university. Safety Policy. Protecting the health and safety of employees, students, visitors, and the environment is of primary concern to Radford University.
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This goal can be met by developing a comprehensive environmental health and safety program that strives to eliminate or reduce hazards. Radford University takes an active role in identifying hazards before injuries and illnesses occur. An effective safety program can benefit the university community by reducing illnesses and injuries to personnel, preventing property damage, and preserving the environment. Radford University will make every reasonable effort to promote, create, and maintain a safe and healthful environment through adherence to basic safety principles, sound management practices, and compliance with applicable federal, state, and local standards. A written Safety Policy, approved by the president of the university and the University Safety Committee, has been developed. The policy outlines the basic responsibilities for environmental health and safety concerns at the university.
It stresses that every effort will be made to reduce accidents, confirms compliance with applicable health and safety regulations, and emphasizes the university's commitment to a safe and healthful operation.- Back to top- 3. Organization. University Safety and Health Committee. A University Safety and Health Committee has been developed to oversee the Environmental Health and Safety Program at the university. The Committee performs the following functions: Reviews inspections, accidents, and employee complaints. Recommends, reviews, and approves policies, regulations, and manuals. Increases safety awareness and encourages compliance with safety rules. Recommends corrective actions.
Monitors the operation of facilities and users. Reviews violations for failure to comply with regulations. Evaluates the effectiveness of the environmental health and safety program. Analyzes accident and injury data with the goal of reducing accidents.
Members include the Fire Safety Inspector, Safety Manager, Environmental Inspector, Facilities Director, and representatives from academia, housekeeping, facilities management, laboratories, and the student body. Subcommittees concerned with specific hazards are formed from the main Committee as needed.
Meetings are held quarterly. Environmental Health & Safety Office. The purpose of the Environmental Health and Safety Office is to ensure the safety and physical well being of the faculty, staff, and students at the university. The program's overall objective is to reduce the number and severity of illnesses and injuries on campus by reducing or eliminating hazards. This objective is achieved through inspections, environmental surveillance, training, hazardous chemical management, and plans review.
These efforts are channeled into several specialty areas including: fire protection, radiation safety, hazardous materials management, laboratory safety, occupational health & safety, asbestos management, and environmental health. Environmental Health & Safety Manager. The University Environmental Health & Safety Manager ensures that faculty, staff, and students are provided with a working/living environment that is free from physical harm by identifying and correcting possible hazards related to the daily operation of the university. The Safety Manager develops, implements, and maintains university safety regulations to ensure compliance with applicable OSHA, NRC, EPA, DOT, NFPA, and State requirements. Reporting to the Director of Facility Planning & Construction.
The Fire Safety Inspector prepares reports indicating areas that are not in compliance with applicable regulations, performs tests and inspections of fire alarm systems and fire protection equipment, and reviews construction proposals for code compliance. The Fire Safety Inspector reports to the Safety Manager.
Environmental Inspector. The Environmental Inspector ensures compliance with applicable environmental laws, maintains the university's Pollution Prevention Plan, provides assistance with OSHA, EPA, DOT inspections, performs industrial hygiene sampling, chemical hygiene inspections, and maintains and develops asbestos, lead paint programs. The Environmental Inspector reports to the Safety Manager. Structure. The Environmental Health and Safety Office reports to the Director of Facility Planning & Construction who reports to the University President.
The program is recognized and supported by top level management and appropriate funds are provided for environmental health and safety concerns. Employee Participation. In order to have an effective health and safety program, employee participation and cooperation are essential. Employee support is actively sought through employee safety committees, suggestion programs, workplace inspections, participation in writing rules, and training sessions. Employee safety committees are actively encouraged and supported. Small employee safety committees are organized by the Safety Office to directly solicit employee input into the safety program.
Employees select their own representatives and meet monthly or quarterly to discuss safety concerns with the Safety Manager. An employee suggestion program has been created to allow employees to anonymously cite safety problems and offer corrective actions. Employees are encouraged to develop their own safety training sessions on a voluntary basis. Consideration is also being given to allowing employees to identify and correct hazards in their work areas by conducting routine inspections. Employee comments are actively sought by the Safety Manager when writing safety rules and regulations. Memberships. The university is a member of the National Fire Protection Association, National Safety Council, American Society of Safety Engineers, and the American Industrial Hygiene Association.- Back to top- 4.
Functions of the Safety Office. The Environmental Health and Safety Office conducts inspections, performs industrial hygiene sampling, recommends methods to correct hazardous conditions, develops procedures, provides training to employees and students, investigates accidents and occupational illnesses, maintains records, and monitors and evaluates program performance. The purpose of the program is to improve the safety and health of the work environment by reducing hazardous condition that can cause occupational illnesses and injuries.
The safety office strives to accomplish its goals by gaining the cooperation of employees through guidance and counseling rather than enforcement. Top management has made the commitment to allocate resources, develop programs, provide training, and provide the necessary personal protective equipment to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. Inspections. To ensure that the university's policy for a safe and healthy environment is carried out, the Environmental Health and Safety Office conducts periodic inspections of all campus facilities. The goal is to reduce accidents and injuries by eliminating or reducing safety and health hazards, and examining unsafe practices among employees. Inspections also ensure compliance with OSHA, NRC, NFPA, BOCA, EPA, and applicable state and local codes. At least every six months the Safety Manager and Fire Safety Inspector conducts a comprehensive safety inspection of all campus facilities.
Certain high risk areas such as laboratories may be inspected quarterly. Informal cursory inspections may be conducted monthly. Written reports listing the problems discovered and recommended corrective actions are sent to the Department Head or supervisor in charge of the area. Work orders are sent to Facilities Management to correct problems that are their responsibility. Typically, imminent hazards must be corrected immediately, serious violations within 3. Departments are expected to use their own funds to correct minor problems or seek a budget adjustment for more expensive items.
Re- inspections are conducted by the Safety Office to ensure that deficiencies are corrected. Problems are resolved by written or oral consultation with employees, supervisors or department heads. It is rarely necessary to pursue matters to a higher level of authority. In some instances conflicts may be brought before a committee for resolution. For example, the Radiation Safety Committee must enforce NRC regulations on campus. Unsafe acts conducted by employees are discussed with the employee and/or immediate supervisor. The Safety Office has the authority to shut down operations that are an imminent hazard to life, limb, property, or the environment.
In addition to in- house inspections, the university is routinely inspected by the State Fire Marshal's Office and the Insurance Carrier. The university is also subject to unannounced inspections from the Virginia Department of Labor, State Bureau of Radiological Health, State Bureau of Hazardous Waste Management, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Reports from these agencies are forwarded to the Safety Manager. Written Safety Rules and Policies. To ensure safe work practices in all campus activities the Safety Manager ensures that appropriate environmental health and safety rules and regulations are written and communicated to employees and students. Written rules and regulations set standards for safe work practices, establish a basis for disciplinary actions, and demonstrate good intent and program control to regulatory agencies.