Safety Manual - Table of Contents
STATEMENT OF SAFETY POLICY AND RESPONSIBILITY
Revised April, 2008
ULM's program for promoting safe work practices and a safe working
in accordance with Office of Risk Management guidelines is detailed in
the following statement of safety policy and responsibility. This
should be read and its principles practiced by each ULM faculty and
member. ULM's positive response to occupational safety and health is
commendable result of efforts by all faculty and staff to minimize the
frequency and severity of accidents.
All levels of management are responsible for the safety and health of
This responsibility is met by continuous effort from everyone to
safe working practices through maintaining property and equipment in a
safe working condition, through quality project planning and execution
and by ensuring full compliance with applicable rules, requirements and
Basic responsibility for employee health and safety rests with each
All employees will, as a condition of employment, be responsible for
their work in a safe and healthful manner.
Work practices should be based on the principles of least acceptable
as defined by the Loss Prevention Section of the Office of Risk
All University programs and activities should maintain a continuous
and evaluation of employee health and safety risks by familiarization,
inspections and coordination with the Environmental Health and Safety
The Environmental Health and Safety Office is located in the Physical
Building, Room 206, Telephone 318-342-5177. ULM's designated safety
(in accordance with R.S. 39:1543), is responsible, under the direction
of the Facilities Management Office and with
the assistance of the Environmental Health and Safety Committee, for
and implementing the University's comprehensive safety program.
The University is committed to the control and reduction of employee
to known, evident or suspected occupational health and safety risks by
attempting to lower exposure levels as quickly as governmental
technology and economic feasibility allow.
Final responsibility for the comprehensive accident prevention and
program rests with management. Management must provide direction for
program by establishing achievable goals along with planning and
of guidelines and procedures that determine accountability. The
list assigns responsibilities to upper management for the variety of
at ULM (note, these responsibilities are not all inclusive):
The President and Vice Presidents shall:
Have responsibility for the comprehensive safety program
Determine and provide funding to eliminate unsafe conditions and
personal protection to the employee
Coordinate safety policy in accordance with recommendations by the
Deans, Directors and Department Heads shall:
Actively participate in the implementation of the safety program by
and response to reports, inspections and audits; assure contracts for
are timely and directed to the most efficient and economical solutions
of the problems at hand, and take a leadership role in application of
set for the program.
Hold at least four safety meetings annually
Provide for periodic self-inspections in their areas of responsibility
utilizing the appropriate inspection form as detailed in "Inspections"
Have accidents resulting in personal injury to personnel for whom they
are responsible investigated to determine cause and possible corrective
actions and submit a copy of the report along with the accident report
to the Safety Office
Cooperate with the Safety Officer when called upon to do so.
Environmental Health & Safety Officer shall:
Appoint a College/Department Safety Committee with committee Chairman
minutes are taken and recorded.
Develop and Implement a comprehensive environmental health and safety
with the intent of providing a safe and healthful work place and campus
Advise the President and operating management of methods to achieve
Review accident reports and trends to determine corrective actions
Review and recommend changes or amendments to the safety plan
Recommend necessary actions to department heads to comply with
Ensure proper and accurate documentation of the Safety Program.
The University Safety Committee shall:
Assist the Environmental Health and Safety Officer in reviewing safety
problems, developing policies and methods for resolving the problems
in developing procedures for achieving established goals
Assist the Safety Officer in developing safety education/training
designed to create and maintain an interest in job safety
Assist in coordinating the efforts of the Safety Committees of all
and departments throughout the campus
Review reports of significant accidents and/or property damage incidents
Develop suggestions and recommendations for the correction of hazardous
acts, working conditions and/or unsafe work practices
Physical Plant Management shall:
Review and revise as necessary new or existing policies to minimize
acts or procedures.
Prioritizes work orders and projects submitted for correction of unsafe
conditions and resulting from all safety inspections
Establish and maintain a schedule and recording procedure for an
preventive maintenance program for all systems, equipment and vehicles
Faculty, Supervisors and/or Foremen shall:
Provide necessary training for maintenance and custodial personnel to
proper certification and licensing for required activities and
As key figures in the ULM safety Program, each shall have a working
of safety principles and rules applicable to their area of
Schedule and conduct inspections of areas of responsibility to identify
and correct unsafe conditions and procedures or acts which might be
to the worker and/or ULM property. Retain the inspection and send a
to the Safety Office.
Take necessary action (work orders, requests for assistance, etc.,) to
correct unsafe acts and conditions which could include work stoppage
Maintain a clean workplace and assure participation of all employees
Assure injured employees receive medical attention
Conduct or schedule safety meetings for employees no less than once
quarter. Topic/Attendance sheets will be retained
Investigate accidents to determine causes and initiate possible
actions to preclude recurrence. Prepare documentation and forward a
to the Safety Office
Maintain a copy of the ULM Safety Manual and assure that every employee
is aware of it
Provide safety training for each new employee and for current employees
who must perform new tasks or operate new equipment or whose safety
is not satisfactory. Training shall include correct work procedures,
use of equipment and availability of assistance, when needed. Records
be maintained for each employee
Request assistance from the Safety Officer when necessary.
As a condition of employment, observe and comply with applicable safety
rules and practices
When practical, take initiative to correct unsafe conditions and acts
if it cannot be accomplished, report them to the supervisor
Utilize personal protective equipment as needed and/or required
Make suggestions or inquiries which might improve or modify presently
Request assistance from the immediate supervisor and refer to the
Office when all other avenues to correct hazardous conditions have been
GENERAL SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
It is essential that all workers are aware of safe practices and
include them in all activities on or off the job. All University
as a condition of employment, must abide by and follow all safety
and standards, written or implied, for the purpose of protecting the
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 condition.
Smoking is prohibited in all campus buildings except those specific
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
or unauthorized medically prescribed drugs will not be tolerated in the
Personal protective equipment will be used when required to protect the
worker from potential hazards that cannot be eliminated. Faculty,
and Supervisors will ensure availability and proper use.
Accidents, near misses, injuries, and property damage should be
to the supervisor immediately, regardless of the severity of the
The supervisor will see that injured employees receive medical
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
condition. Any situation which requires a work order will be brought to
the attention of the supervisor who will take necessary steps to see
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
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 object.
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.
must follow all state and local codes when operating University
or equipment on or off campus. Riders in the back of pickups/trucks
be seated within the bed and not on sides of the vehicle.
Workers will report any unsafe working conditions or acts to their
Horseplay and fighting will not be tolerated.
Workers should report the use of any prescription and/or
medicine/drug use to their supervisor. Some drugs or medicines may
the user to react in a manner which is not normal, become drowsy or
unconscious. Some medicines may cause a person to be incapable of
a vehicle or machinery.
Employees working alone in potentially hazardous operations including
performance of any experiments or who work late at night must have
within contact distance and should notify the department head or
during the work day or the University Police after working hours.
Workers should maintain an orderly work environment and work
All tools and equipment should be stored in designated places. Scrap
waste material should be put in a designated refuse container.
Employees should know safety rules and emergency procedures regarding
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.
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