INSPECTING UNIVERSITY FACILITIES
Inspections have always been the principle method of evaluation safety. The safety inspector must examine two things to be effective: unsafe acts and unsafe conditions. Regular inspections must be conducted by the supervisor and must be routinely audited by a safety professional or by that person's supervisor. The supervisor must be held accountable for his or her departments' safety performance.
The general objective of the University's safety program is to develop, administer, and operate an effective occupational safety and health program. EH&S should be able to measure, evaluate and periodically report the program's effectiveness and continuing improvement.
Inspections of all University facilities is the primary responsibility of the occupying department. Inspections should be carried out on a regular basis and documented. It is recommended that the form found on the home page under "Forms" entitled "Supervisor Safety Inspection Checklist" serve as format for the facility inspection.
The inspector must record observed non-compliance of safety standards and deficiency items in written inspection reports. Notification of non-compliances must be given to the department head or the appropriate college for appropriate corrective action.
In the event of discovering a manipulation, action, or condition that is an imminent danger to personnel, the inspector should order the immediate cessation or modification of such manipulation, action, or condition. Alternatively, the inspector can request that EH&S conduct an assessment. EH&S personnel, after the assessment, are authorized to require the cessation of the hazardous condition.
The Director of EH&S will notify the department head immediately of such action. If, through discussion, there is disagreement on the justification of cessation, the next level of management in both departments will become involved. The Hazardous Materials Committee and the University Occupational Safety and Health Council will serve in an advisory capacity if campus community expertise is needed. Also, they will serve as appeal boards for the campus community if EH&S result in the cessation of activity .
EH&S encourages any member of the University community, and respective safety committee, to participate in the inspection process, including citing possible violations to the inspector.
Violations and deficiencies observed by affected personnel may be reported directly to EH&S. However, personnel should consult their supervisor first before calling EH&S. EH&S will make an inspection in response to such complaints. EH&S will notify the appropriate individual(s) of the inspection results. Another mechanism for reporting safety hazards is through the Safety Hotline (515-5445).
The rights of personnel reporting complaints of matters affecting occupational safety and health, shall be without retaliation on the part of any other person.