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Training is an ongoing process, beginning with an initial orientation and continuing with regular safety meetings, instruction, and review. All are designed to enhance an employee's knowledge, understanding or skill in identifying hazards in their workplace, and applying safe work procedures. The goal is a safer workplace for everyone.
Why is there an Environmental Safety & Health (ES&H) Committee in addition to Safety & Security?
The ES&H Committee has been established with representatives from staff and management in order to assist in the detection and elimination of unsafe conditions and work procedures. The Committee’s focus is primarily on Environmental Safety and Health, as opposed to Emergency Preparedness and Campus Safety performed by the Campus Security & Safety. However, there are areas of overlap and coordination of efforts.
What do I do if I am injured at work?
The first priority is to take care of yourself and inform your supervisor of the injury. Make sure that you receive medical treatment if necessary. If you are at the doctor's office, please tell them that your injury is work-related and that you need to fill out a workers compensation form. A completed Accident Report Form must be submitted to Campus Security within 24 hours of the incident.
I am feeling discomfort with my workstation. What do I do?
The Environmental Safety & Health page offers a variety of employee resources. Employees may complete an ergonomic Self-Assessment as a tool in becoming aware of the surrounding ergonomic issues and assessing and modifying their own workstations.
If, after completing the ergonomic Self-Assessment, an employee feels that further assistance is needed, the employee may request an ergonomic evaluation by sending an email to the HR ES&H Consultant (email@example.com) accompanied by a completed Symptoms Survey.
What is Ergonomics?
Ergonomics is the blending of the workplace to the worker, not the other way around. It considers the match between the person, the equipment they use, the work processes, and the work environment.
Who pays for ergonomic equipment?
The Human Resources Office provides assistance with evaluating and recommending ergonomic equipment. If an employee would like to purchase ergonomic equipment, including any recommended equipment identified as part of a workstation evaluation, purchases must be made in consultation with the employee's supervisor and with the supervisor's approval to purchase from their department budget.
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