It is the policy of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro,
to provide a safe and healthful environment, free from recognized
hazards which may cause serious injury to students, employees,
and visitors. This is accomplished by maintaining a comprehensive
health, and environmental program which involves all university
employees. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
will conduct all of its activities in compliance with applicable
regulations, and laws. Each and every person at the institution
understands that safety and health is not an additional job responsibility,
but that it is an integral part of every task. If any function
is not being performed safely, then it must be stopped, and then
so that it can be performed safely. In carrying out
its responsibility for, and commitment to provide a safe and healthy
environment, the University has established the
Office of Safety and three Safety and Health Committees. These
organizations are a resource for every person at the University.
The Office of
Safety will develop policies and procedures to accomplish the
goal of a safe and healthful environment. These policies will be
by the Safety and Health Committees. Each member of
the university community will abide by established safety and health
policies and procedures. It is the intent of the
University to accomplish this goal through training and education.
Failure by and faculty, staff, or administrative person to follow
established policies and procedures will require the initiation
of disciplinary procedures. The University of North
Carolina at Greensboro believes that its most valuable resource
is the people who teach, learn, and work
at this institution, and will do all that is reasonable to protect
Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs
The Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs has been delegated the
overall responsiblity for safety and health by the Chancellor. The
Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs is to maintain the programs
necessary to insure the University's goal of providing a safe and
healthful environment. These programs will include the Office
of Safety, which reports to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities,
and insuring funding sources to address safety and health issues.
Office of Safety
The UNCG Office of Safety will develop and manage an on-going comprehensive
occupational safety and health program with written policies and
procedures mandated by the North Carolina Employees' Workplace Requirements
Program for Safety & Health and the NC Department of Labor,
Divsion of Occupational Safety and Health.
The Office of Safety shall identify and address safety and health
needs as required by the NC Department of Labor, Division of Occupational
Safety and Health, NC Department of Environment, Health, and Natural
Resources, NC Department of Insurance, Greensboro Fire Department
and other applicable federal, state, and local regulatory bodies.
The Office of Safety shall establish goals and objectives based
on the University's needs related to occupational safety and health. The
Office of Safety will also determine the best mechanism for addressing
occupational safety and health issues and initiate solutions.
Safety and Health Committees
The Safety and Health Committees will assist the Office of Safety
by identifying hazards, reviewing policies and procedures, and reviewing
work practices. Further, the committees will assist the Office
of Safety as needed with evaluating programs, accident investigations,
and employee training.
The committees' structures and responsibilites are outlined in
the Safety and Health Committees Section of the UNCG Safety and
Health Policy and Procedure Manual.
Safety Oversight Committee
The Safety Oversight Committee, as charged by the Chancellor, shall
monitor the overall efforts toward campus safety. The committee
shall provide oversight, and at least annually review policies,
practices, and campus conditions relating to safety and health. An
annual report to the Chancellor shall be prepared by July 1 of each
year. The report is to address campus progress, appropriate
recommendations for improving the safety program, and comments relating
to the adequacy of the program.
The committee's structure and responsiblities is outlined in the
Safety and Health Committees Section of the UNCG Safety and Health
Policy and Procedure Manual.
Department heads shall enforce occupational safety and health policies
and procedures at the departmental level, review departmental policies,
practices and procedures, establish budgetary allowances for specific
departmental needs, and purchase safety equipment, supplies, etc.
Supervisors at all levels shall enforce safety and health policies
and procedures as established and make disciplinary decisions within
the framework of existing policy, as needed. Supervisors shall
provide on the job training and advise department heads of employee
concerns with regard to unsafe work conditions, equipment, hazards,
practices, etc. and maintain records, where required, for each employee.
Each employee shall adhere to all safety requirements, policies,
procedures, practices and perform his/her duties in a safe manner. Employees
are responsible for reporting unsafe acts, unsafe conditions, potential
hazards, accidents, and risks of any kind to the immediate supervisor
as soon as he/she is aware that they exist.
Students and Visitors
The University recognizes its responsibility to provide a
safe and health environment for its students and for visitors to
the campus. Students and visitors are responsible, however,
for adhering to posted safety and health regulations and for complying
with any procedures of which they might be informed by University
officials. Students and visitors are encouraged to report
accidents, unsafe conditions, or risks of any kind to appropriate
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