GENERAL SAFETY RULES
It is essential that all workers are aware
of safe practices and include them in all activities on or off the job.
University employees, as a condition of
employment, must abide by and follow all safety regulations and standards,
written or implied, for the purpose of protecting the individual from bodily
injury and preventing damage to equipment and property. As noted, the following
items are general in nature and not all inclusive of every situation or
Smoking is prohibited in all campus buildings
except those specific areas designated by signs as "SMOKING PERMITTED"
which have physical barriers and ventilation areas. Candles may not be
burned in the work place.
Possession of unauthorized firearms, alcoholic
beverages, illegal drugs, or unauthorized medically prescribed drugs will
not be tolerated in the work place.
Personal protective equipment will be used
when required to protect the worker from potential hazards that cannot
be eliminated. Faculty, Foremen and Supervisors will ensure availability
and proper use.
Accidents, near misses, injuries, and property
damage should be reported to the supervisor immediately, regardless of
the severity of the incident. The supervisor will see that injured employees
receive medical attention and that all necessary reports are completed.
Employees will inspect their individual work
stations before each shift to ensure that equipment, tools and vehicles
are maintained in proper working condition. Any situation which requires
a work order will be brought to the attention of the supervisor who will
take necessary steps to see that it is done.
Whenever there is a question concerning the
safety of a task or working condition, the supervisor should be consulted
before commencing the task.
Proper lifting techniques will be used and
workers will get assistance when a load is too heavy or too bulky for one
person to handle safely. Workers should never attempt to catch a falling
All drivers will utilize restraint belts and
will not start the vehicle until all passengers are properly buckled.
Vehicle operators must be trained and properly certified or licensed. They
must follow all state and local codes when operating University vehicles
or equipment on or off campus. Riders in the back of pickups/trucks must
be seated within the bed and not on sides of the vehicle.
Workers will report any unsafe working conditions
or acts to their supervisors.
Horseplay and fighting will not be tolerated.
Workers should report the use of any prescription
and/or non-prescription medicine/drug use to their supervisor. Some drugs
or medicines may cause the user to react in a manner which is not normal,
become drowsy or possibly unconscious. Some medicines may cause a person
to be incapable of operating a vehicle or machinery.
Employees working alone in potentially hazardous
operations including the performance of any experiments or who work late
at night must have someone within contact distance and should notify the
department head or supervisor during the work day or the University Police
after working hours.
Workers should maintain an orderly work environment
and work procedures. All tools and equipment should be stored in designated
places. Scrap and waste material should be put in a designated refuse container.
Employees should know safety rules and emergency
procedures regarding first aid, evacuation routes, and fire department
notification procedures for their work location.
Employees who ignore or do not comply with
safety requirements may receive disciplinary action and, in extreme circumstances,
may have their employment terminated.