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									    SAFETY POLICY

ä   It is the goal of the University and its employees to
    ensure that our educational programs and all other
    activities protect and promote the health and safety
    of our students, employees, visitors to the campus
    and the environment
ä   ECU is committed to complying with all
    applicable safety and environmental regulations,
    accreditation requirements and consensus
    standards
    SAFETY PRINCIPLES

ä   Responsible for continuous practice of
    safety and environmental compliance
ä   Nothing is so important that it can not be
    done safely; safety is #1 priority
ä   Overall success of the safety program is a
    shared responsibility
ä   SUPERVISORS and staff must show
    leadership & provide good example
    GOAL: TARGET ZERO

ä   Target Zero: ProActive Safety Attitudes
    Coastal Video (16 minutes)
ä   Goal - something to work toward
ä   Take responsibility - can’t put on others
ä   Change way of thinking - culture
ä   ZERO ACCIDENTS IS OUR GOAL
    OVERVIEW

ä   Safety Team
ä   Responsibilities
ä   Key Safety Policies
ä   Workers’ compensation/RTW
ä   Accident Investigation
    THE SAFETY TEAM

ä   Management
ä   EH&S/Prospective Health
ä   Supervisors
ä   Employees
ä   Safety Committees
    EH&S RESPONSIBILITIES

ä   Ensure management commitment
ä   Work together with campus community
ä   Provide written safety programs
ä   Provide effective training programs
ä   Provide program mgmt & consultation
ä   Conduct audits and inspections
    PROSPECTIVE HEALTH

ä   General responsibilities similar to EH&S
ä   Work with EH&S to encourage safety
ä   Biological/Radiation Safety & Infection
    Control programs
ä   Employee Health program
    ä   Employee physicals – respirator, asbestos, etc.
    ä   ECU workers’ compensation physician
    MANAGEMENT
    RESPONSIBILITIES
ä   Management commitment is the key
ä   Ultimate responsibility for safety
ä   Legal obligation to provide safe workplace
ä   Provide leadership & make safety a priority
ä   Display proper attitudes; provide resources
ä   Safety management delegated to EH&S and
    Prospective Health
    SUPERVISOR
    RESPONSIBILITIES
ä   Video “Supervisor Safety Responsibility”
ä   Leadership - good example; attitude
ä   Provide resources - equipment/guidance
ä   Safety in work plans/evaluations
ä   Feedback on safety & enforcement
ä   Ensure training is provided and YOU attend
ä   Respond immediately to safety issues
    SAFETY ENFORCEMENT

ä   Video “Discipline Safety Enforcement”
ä   Follows same procedure as personnel issue
ä   Coach first; positive reinforcement
ä   Disciplinary procedure - used to change
    behavior
ä   Be Consistent and Document
ä   Discuss accidents in staff meetings; educate
                EMPLOYEE
             RESPONSIBILITIES
ä   Active participation in EH&S program
ä   Continuous practice of EH&S compliance
ä   Use only safe tools and equipment
ä   Wear required PPE - shoes, glasses, etc.
ä   Notify supervisor of accidents, near misses,
    spills, fires, hazards or damaged equipment
ä   Notify supervisor of any impairments
    SAFETY COMMITTEES

ä   Environmental, Radiation, Biological, Infection
    Control and Animal Care Committees
ä   Departmental & unit committees
ä   Facilities Services Safety Committee
ä   Housekeeping Safety Committee
ä   Advisory – input and review
ä   Identify problems & solutions
ä   NOT for imminent safety issues
    SAFETY ORIENTATION
    VIDEO
ä   “Safety Orientation: It takes a winning
    attitude” (Coastal - 18 minutes)
ä   Personal Protective Equipment
ä   Hazard Communication
ä   Lifting & Fire Safety
ä   Slips, Trips and Falls
ä   Lockout/Tagout
    DEFENSIVE DRIVING

ä   Since 4/91 - 6 state employee fatalities;
    3 were vehicle related
ä   Holidays, summer -> increased travel
ä   Maintain vehicle
ä   Use seatbelts and child safety seats
ä   Drive defensively - alert, speed, space
ä   Take breaks, get rest, watch stress/anger
    ERGONOMICS

ä   New OSHA standard – effective 10/14/01
ä   Def. – science of fitting jobs to people, not
    bending people to fit jobs
ä   Goal – reduce work-related MSDs
ä   OSHA standard requires:
    ä   Provide info about MSDs and regulation – done
    ä   Assess cases & develop program if needed
    ä   Implement program & evaluate regularly
    SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

ä   Pain in wrists, shoulders, forearms & knees
ä   Fingers or toes turning white
ä   Painful joints, back or neck pain
ä   Stiffness, swelling or inflammation
ä   Pain, tingling or numbness in hands or feet
ä   Shooting or stabbing pains in arms or legs
ä   Burning sensation
    MUSCULOSKELETAL
    DISORDERS (MSDS)
ä   Carpal tunnel syndrome
ä   Rotator cuff syndrome
ä   Trigger finger
ä   Epicondylitis, tendinitis, sciatica
ä   Herniated disc, low back pain
ä   Carpet layer’s knee
ä   Hand-arm vibration
    CAUSES OF MSDs

ä   Repetition
ä   Forceful exertions
ä   Awkward postures
ä   Contact stress
ä   Vibration
    REDUCING MSD HAZARDS

ä   Key is reporting – discomfort lasting >1 wk
ä   Job hazard analysis by EH&S and employees
ä   Employee participation & mgmt leadership
ä   Quick fix or review by physician
ä   Engineering controls – lifts, hoists, etc.
ä   Change tasks, change position, break repetition
ä   Training
ä   Rest
ä   Not all jobs will be covered; not all pain is work-
    related
BREAK – 10 minutes
    WORKERS’ COMPENSATION
    PROGRAM
ä   Administered by Office of Environmental
    Health & Safety
ä   ECU Contact: Donna Davis, WC Manager
ä   Medical Provider: SOM Employee Health
ä   Facilities Services contacts
    ä   RTW: Ken Kisida, David Lancaster
    ä   Forms: Lillian Jenkins, Kathy Odom, Barbara
        Moseley
    WORKERS’ COMPENSATION
    PROGRAM (cont’d)
ä   Covers full-time, part-time & temporary
    employees
ä   Must be result of work-related injury/illness
ä   Rules established by NCIC and OSP
ä   Information available through EH&S office,
    EH&S Web Site and NCIC Ombudsman’s
    office
    WC REQUIREMENTS

ä   Immediately notify supervisor & EH&S
ä   Supervisor transports on initial if employee
    unable
ä   Treatment must be authorized by EH&S
ä   Supervisor completes NCIC Form 19 and
    Accident Investigation form
ä   Employee completes Employee Statement
    of Incident and Medical Release form
    WC REQUIREMENTS (cont’d)

ä   Employee must follow doctor’s orders, accept all
    medical treatment and attend all appointments
ä   EH&S will pay all AUTHORIZED medical
    treatments and prescriptions
ä   Employee must provide supervisor and EH&S
    with copy of all doctor’s notes regarding work
    status
ä   NC: 7 day waiting period; no pay ‘til after 21 days
    WC REQUIREMENTS (cont’d)

ä   Employee must communicate with
    supervisor and EH&S weekly
ä   Employee continues to receive vac/sick
    leave, hospitalization insurance and
    performance increases
ä   Employee will not receive retirement credits
    while on WC leave
ä   Do not compare cases with co-workers
    RETURN TO WORK

ä   Provides benefits to employees and ECU
    (AAOS news release)
ä   Research proves benefit; 70% NEVER
    return after 30 days
ä   Backed by Management
ä   Requires cooperation and communication
ä   Transitional Duty - “it could happen to you”
    RTW - EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

ä   Wage continuation vs. 2/3 salary
ä   Part of rehabilitation program
ä   Endurance vs. Inactivity
ä   Less disruption, stress, depression
ä   Preserves leave time & service credits
ä   Maintain social contacts & self-esteem
ä   Positive influence on peers
    RTW - MANAGEMENT
    BENEFITS
ä   Minimizes productivity losses
ä   Minimizes case management
ä   Decreases recovery period
ä   Decreases WC costs to ECU
ä   Preserves skilled/stable worker
ä   Promotes communication over litigation
ä   Improves employee morale
    RTW PROCEDURES

ä   Employee returns restriction form to
    supervisor
ä   Contact EH&S, Facilities Services contact
ä   Transitional Duty Team determines RTW
    status
ä   Complete transitional duty plan
ä   Employee returns to work
ä   Supervisor/employee responsibilities
ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION

  The Key to Stopping Recurrences

   Video “Accident Investigation”
    ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION

ä   Report all accidents & near misses
ä   Fact finding, not fault finding
ä   Report only facts - where, when, how, why
ä   Identify root cause
ä   Factors - equipment, environment,
    personnel & management
    ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION
    TIPS
ä   Quick response; contact EH&S for help
ä   Take care of victims first
ä   Control scene
ä   Get names of witnesses
ä   Complete forms - be thorough
ä   EH&S may follow-up
    EMERGING ISSUES

ä   EPA inspections at universities
ä   NC Environmental Sustainability
ä   JCAHO compliance at SOM
ä   SACS compliance on East Campus
ä   Ergonomics
    CONTACT INFORMATION

ä   Prospective Health
    ä   SOM Life Sciences Building
    ä   816-2070
    ä   www.med.ecu.edu
ä   Environmental Health & Safety
    ä   009 Ragsdale => Browning in April
    ä   328-6166
    ä   Safety@mail.ecu.edu
    ä   www.ecu.edu/oehs
    SUMMARY & QUESTIONS

ä   Summary
ä   Keep in mind fatalities - Francine Teel
ä   Injuries can last a lifetime
ä   Commended by OSP & OSHA
ä   Victims of flood
ä   Questions?

								
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