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CWUP 2-40-140 Health and Safety for the University Community

(1) Introduction

This policy applies to all employees, including students and temporary hourly employees, and will prevail for terms not covered under collective bargaining agreement for represented employees. It is to be administered in accordance with federal and state health and safety regulations and WAC 296.

The university places a high priority on the safety and well-being of its students, faculty, staff, volunteers and visitors. The university establishes and maintains a healthy and safe environment for all sanctioned activities and complies with applicable laws and regulations regarding safety and health of students, faculty, staff, volunteers and visitors.

The university protects the environment to the maximum extent feasible and complies with applicable laws and regulations.

(2) Responsibilities

(A) Administrators, department heads, instructors and supervisors are responsible for providing a safe working and learning environment for those persons under their direction in accordance with WAC 296-800-110.

Supervisors at all levels will ensure their employees are aware of potential hazards in their working environments and at minimum will:
• Provide a safety orientation for new employees
• Monitor and schedule required safety training
• Ensure employees use required protective clothing and/or equipment
• Enforce health and safety standards
• Take action to ensure injured employees receive appropriate medical attention
• Ensure employees promptly report accidents or incidents

(B) Employees will:
• Take an active role in maintaining a safe work environment
• Comply with applicable health and safety procedures
• Maintain required health and safety training and/or certifications, when applicable
• Properly use personal protective equipment (PPE)
• Promptly notify their supervisor of accidents or unsafe conditions and complete an accident or incident report

(C) Environmental Health and Safety will:
• Ensure compliance with general workplace safety and reporting requirements
• Coordinate required OSHA/WISHA/DOSH training or services such as, but not limited to confined space, chemical hazard, ladder safety, and respirator fit testing
• Administer health and safety procedures and training in accordance with applicable laws, WACs and policies
• Provide consultation and interpretation regarding health and safety requirements and best practice

(E) Human Resources will:
• In collaboration with Environmental Health and Safety, administer this policy in accordance with applicable laws, WACs and CWU policies and procedures
• Develop and administer procedures to mitigate workers compensation (time loss) claims such as light duty/transitional duty assignments, pre-employment testing for safety sensitive or physically demanding positions, Return-to-Work, or Stay-at-Work programs
• Provide interpretation and consultation regarding this policy, procedures, and best practice
(F) The University Health and Safety Council  provides advisory assistance in the development of safety and health policies and procedures in accordance with WAC 296-800-130.

[Responsibility: Operations; Authority: Cabinet/UPAC Reviewed/Endorsed by: Cabinet/PAC; Review/Effective Date: 9-5-12; 04/06/16; Approved by: James L. Gaudino, President]

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