Policy: University Health and Safety Program
|Date: 06/06/05||Policy ID: SEC-019||Status: Final|
|Contact Office:||Environmental Health and Safety|
|Oversight Executive:||Vice President for Research|
|Applies To:||Academic Division and the Medical Center.|
|Table of Contents:|
|Reason for Policy:||To provide reasonable assurance that the health and safety of all individuals on properties controlled or managed by the University are maintained.|
|Definition of Terms in Statement:||
Health: Freedom from physical pain or disease.
Safety: Condition of being safe from undergoing or causing hurt, injury or loss (Webster's Dictionary).
All University activities shall be conducted using reasonable precautions to protect employees, students, the public and the environment so as to minimize dangers to life, safety and property. The University regards its responsibility for providing a healthful and safe working environment for its faculty, staff and students to be a high priority.
To provide reasonable assurance that the health and safety of all individuals on properties controlled or managed by the University are maintained:
While every person has responsibility for his or her personal well-being, the primary responsibility for providing a healthful and safe working environment rests with line management. Management’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to: ensuring that employees are trained; developing and maintaining standard operating procedures; and providing necessary safety equipment. Moreover, except for some broadly defined, University-wide services such as landscaping, heating, police, etc., the cost of maintaining a healthful and safe working environment shall fall on the department or unit under whose auspices a particular activity is being conducted.
In order to assist with the above noted 9 activities, Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) will:
While the University’s health and safety policies will be developed by EHS, and while that Office also will audit and monitor the University’s adherence to those policies, the enforcement function (with two exceptions) will remain the responsibility of the administrators of each unit. Those exceptions are:
Thus, the staff of EHS should be seen principally as a coordinating, standard setting, auditing and service organization rather than an enforcer of regulations.
In those cases where violations are detected and where a unit administrator does not respond as advised, EHS shall, at the Director’s discretion, appeal its recommendations through the appropriate Vice President, and if necessary, all the way to the President. Similarly, units which disagree with the counsel of EHS may also appeal those decisions to the Vice President for Research. In cases where, in the judgment of the Director, there is a clear and present serious danger to the health and/or safety of an employee or to University property, the Director shall have the authority to issue cease and desist orders, which may be appealed after they have been obeyed, as indicated above.
|Procedures:||Contact the Office of Environmental Health & Safety for assistance at 982-4911.|
|Related Information:||EHS website - http://keats.admin.virginia.edu.|
|Policy Background:||This is the first version of this policy.|
|Major Category:||Safety, Security and Environmental Quality|
|Category Cross Reference:|
|Next Scheduled Review:||06/06/14|
|Approved By, Date:||Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, 06/06/05|
|Revision History:||This is the first version of this policy.|
|Supersedes (previous policy):|