ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICIES AND PROGRAMS
North Carolina State University has established administrative policies for the reduction and prevention of on-the-job accidents and illnesses, and the protection of the environment. These policies are to be used as a foundation for establishing safety and environmental health programs in each organization.
It is NCSU's environmental health and safety policy that no job is so important and no service so urgent, that we cannot take time to perform our work safely, and in an environmentally conscientious manner.
NCSU will operate its facilities and conduct its operation in compliance with all applicable regulation to protect:
The purpose of NCSU's environmental health and safety program are to:
The University EH&S policy shall be implemented through a series of manuals and other documents, as appropriate to the operations of NCSU. These manuals are listed below.EH&S shall be responsible for the development, distribution, and maintenance of these manuals. Manuals provide specific policies and procedures and recommended practices for implementation.
These Documents provide information on environmental health and safety policies that students, faculty, and staff must follow at University workplaces. The policies are intended to provide personnel with information to meet all local, state, and federal guidelines for occupational health and safety.
Information on environmental health and safety training programs is available by contacting the NCSU Environmental Health and Safety Center. University safety programs are designed to reduce or prevent occupational injuries and illnesses through appropriate training and preventive activities.
NCSU believes that the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff are of the greatest importance.
NCSU will conduct its operations and construct and maintain its facilities in a manner conducive to the creation of a healthy and safe work environment for all personnel and the surrounding community.
Employees should realize the following goals through the health and safety policy:
The success of the University's health and safety effort depends on:
All University employees have an individual responsibility to:
All University employees also have a collective responsibility to assure that their work activity is conducted in such a way as to not affect the safety of others.
Managers and supervisors are responsible for being knowledgeable of and implementing applicable policies and directives and taking other action, as required, to assure that personnel and operations they supervise comply with applicable requirements. This includes taking positive action to determine and reduce, to as low as reasonably achievable, the accidents and incidents associated with their operations, informing employees of the safety hazards associated with their work, instructing employees in safe work methods, keeping the individual performing the specific tasks apprised of the most recent procedure and trained in its implementation, and ensuring that they perform their work according to requirements.
Deans, Directors and Department Heads have the primary responsibility for operations in their organizations and for taking the necessary measures to make certain that all division or department-related activities comply with established safety requirements. They shall comply with all components of the NCSU safety program as set forth in the NCSU Health and safety Management Plan, including all NCSU policy and procedures applicable to their operations, as well as other directive memoranda.
The Vice Chancellors and Deans are directly responsible to the Chancellor for all aspects of safety in their respective organizations.
Within their organizations, management is responsible for conforming facility operations and all other activities under their direction to the requirements specified by the NCSU Health and safety Management policy and its implementing plans and procedures.
Within the University, the Chancellor has the ultimate responsibility for safety. That responsibility is met through establishing requirements on all operations.
North Carolina State University has a comprehensive environmental health and safety program that affects all members of the University community. The purpose of NCSU's safety programs is to provide employees with a safe and healthy work environment. Our goals are to develop a safety consciousness among employees and others engaged in work for NCSU to reduce accidents and occupational illnesses to a minimum, identify and control safety, public health and environmental hazards, and work constructively with government agencies and others to develop laws, regulations, and standards to protect public health, safety, and the environment. Each member of the University community has the responsibility to work within the framework of established safety programs and policy. Each team member is also responsible for carrying out their activities in a manner that will protect those involved, the rest of the University community, the general public, and the environment.
To assist you with your work, this manual describes the structure and goals of the University's programs, your responsibilities as an NCSU employee, and NCSU's responsibilities to you. Please read this manual carefully and if you have any questions or comments please call the Center.