Safety Policy

Statement of Safety Policy

It is the policy of Oregon Institute of Technology to provide a safe and healthy workplace, and to prevent needless losses due to employee illness or injury. Oregon Tech has established safety and health programs that will help identify occupational hazards and prevent workplace illnesses and injuries. It is the policy of the college to maintain facilities and practices that are in compliance with local, state, and federal health and safety regulations. In the absence of appropriate statutes or regulations, standards of nationally recognized professional health and safety organizations will serve as a guide. Responsibility for the successful implementation of the colleges safety programs rests at all levels including administrators, supervisors, employees, the Safety Commission, and the Risk Management Department.

Administration

Administrators are ultimately responsible for the success of health and safety programs in areas under their direction. They provide direction and support to supervisors and employees regarding health and safety procedures, job training and hazard minimization efforts. Administrators should keep informed on current occupational safety and health issues, and monitor the effectiveness of college safety programs.

Supervisors

Supervisors are directly responsible for supervising and training their employees in safe work practices. They promote safe practices and attitudes through training, participation in college safety programs, and through personal example. Supervisors enforce college safety rules and take immediate corrective action to eliminate hazardous conditions and practices. They do not permit safety to be compromised for any reason. Supervisors conduct regular workplace safety inspections and assist the Risk Management Department in accident investigations.

Employees

All employees are expected to participate in college health and safety programs that apply to their position, and to abide by the colleges safety rules including:

the prompt reporting of all accidents to the supervisor, 
the wearing of required personal protective equipment, 
the performance of work tasks in the prescribed safe manner, 
the reporting of hazardous conditions, or other health and safety concerns, to the supervisor, and 
cooperation with the Safety Commission, Risk Management Department, or the supervisor in investigations or corrective actions relating to safety concerns.

The Safety Commission

The Safety Commission is comprised of administrative, staff and student representatives who have an interest in the promotion of safety and health at Oregon Institute of Technology. Its purpose is to bring all areas of the college community together in a non-adversarial, cooperative effort to promote workplace health and safety. The commission is responsible for defining safety problems and removing obstacles to accident prevention, identifying hazards and recommending corrective action, assisting with identifying employee safety training needs, establishing accident investigation procedures for the college, and promoting positive safety attitudes and practices on the campus.

The Risk Management Department

The Risk Management Department, under the direction of the Oregon Tech Risk Management Director, administers the colleges safety programs and assists the administration in meeting its health and safety responsibilities. The Risk Management Director has the authority to oversee safety procedures and practices, to investigate incidents and unsafe conditions, and to perform safety inspections in all campus facilities. The department primarily provides consultation to the college community in areas such as accident prevention, hazardous material handling, waste minimization, protective equipment selection, and general occupational safety. The Risk Management Department also provides service functions such as disposal of hazardous waste, inspection and maintenance of fire extinguishers, investigation and record-keeping of accidents, and maintenance of the material safety data sheet library and other hazard communication information.

Radiation Safety

The Radiation Safety Officer oversees the use of radioactive materials and radiation equipment, and administers the radiation safety program. The Radiation Safety Officer provides consultation and training, radiation surveys, radioactive waste disposal, inventory and record-keeping, inspections, and maintenance of the college radioactive materials use license.