POLICY TITLE: Environmental Health and Safety Authorization Policy
DATE OF ISSUANCE: November 10, 2003
ACCOUNTABLE DEPARTMENT: Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S). Questions on policy content should be directed to EH&S, x-8-8182, or to any other designated contact listed in the policy.
ABSTRACT: Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is authorized to implement programs and plans designed to ensure compliance and maintain a safe and healthy environment for the campus community.
ENVIRONMENTAL SAFETY AND HEALTH AUTHORIZATION POLICY
∑ Following established standards relating to environmental protection and personal safety. The objective will be to minimize the risk of injury or illness to people and minimize property damage at all locations where university operations and/or activities occur.
∑ Complying in all material aspects with applicable codes, standards and regulations. (http://www.cmu.edu/ehs)
Through technical assistance and oversight EH&S will direct the campus toward compliance with environmental health & safety practices that are required by laws or regulations. EH&S shall have the authority to audit and recommend appropriate corrective or planning strategies, including the development of safety programs. EH&S will consult with external agencies or regulatory bodies as necessary and appropriate, on behalf of the university.
EH&S is authorized to survey and monitor all areas of the campus to assess environmental risks, life safety exposures, and training requirements, and to recommend improvements. EH&S will submit written reports identifying hazards and recommending corrective action. In the presence of severe hazards or in the case of non-compliance with local, state, and federal regulations or university policies, improvements will be required.
Copies of any formal reports and noncompliance citations associated with unsafe work practices will be provided to the individual, his or her immediate supervisor, and to other administrators with responsibility for the activity involved. Copies of reports and/or citations given to individual students or student organizations will be forwarded to the Dean of Student Affairs. The Dean or designee will determine an appropriate resolution utilizing the normal student disciplinary processes as outlined in The Word. Performance evaluations of all employees will include review of noncompliance citations, as they relate to their job duties.
To appeal noncompliance citations:
∑ Staff members are to use the grievance procedure that is outlined in the Staff Handbook at: http://www.cmu.edu/policies/documents/StaffRel.html#StaffGriev
∑ Students are to use the disciplinary process outlined in the University Policy section of The Word. Students may contact the Coordinator for Community Standards in the Student Life Office at 8-2142 for more information.
∑ Union members may file a grievance through their union stewards.
∑ Faculty members may meet to seek redress from their department head, and/or the dean of their school, or if appropriate, file a grievance with the Faculty Review Committee.
In the event that EH&S orders cessation of an activity, EH&S will immediately communicate the problem(s) and violation(s) to the individual, to his or her direct supervisor, to other administrators with responsibility for the department or center involved and the appropriate regulatory agency when required by law.
Questions should be directed to the Environmental Health & Safety Department, x8-8182, or to any other designated contact listed in the policy.