Designing and implementing an effective injury and illness prevention program not only makes human sense, but business sense. OSHA estimates that 12 American workers die on the job every day.
July 30, Injury and Illness Prevention USC is committed to excellence in environmental health and safety stewardship on our campuses and in the larger USC community. This policy outlines safety responsibilities and requirements placed on all USC personnel faculty, staff, students, contractors, and volunteers —to support injury and illness prevention, maintain a safe and healthful workplace, and ensure individual and institutional compliance with relevant environmental health and safety regulations.
Roles and responsibilities All members of the university community are expected to: Take reasonable measures to protect the safety and health of the fellow members of the university community; Follow safe practices at all times; Act proactively to prevent accidents, injuries and illnesses; Communicate hazards to supervisors; Protect the environment; and Minimize safety risks to USC facilities and assets.
These responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Ensuring that personnel under their supervision have appropriate authority to implement EHS policies, programs and practices; Supporting the enforcement of corrective action arising from the failure to comply with appropriate safety practices; Supporting the recognition of excellent EHS performance or management; Informing contractors and visitors of applicable safety requirements; and Coordinating with EHS to address any safety concerns introduced by a department contracted or invited entity.
Implementing EHS policies, practices and programs; Ensuring that workers know and follow safety rules see Communication section below ; Promoting a safe work environment by: Completing safety training prior to commencing work with regulated or hazardous materials or duties, and as required thereafter; Participating in all safety meetings for their work group; Following established safe practices in the laboratory, classroom, workplace and campus residence; Using engineering controls and personal protective equipment when required; Adhering to all health and safety-related signs, posters, warning signals, and directions; Becoming familiar with building emergency plans and assembly areas; Promptly reporting work-related injuries or illnesses, incidents e.
Contractors are responsible for complying with EHS policies, procedures and programs that apply to their work or activities at USC. These requirements may include completing USC safety training. Safety committees are responsible for reviewing and making recommendations on safety matters and special areas of environmental, safety or health concerns.
The Institutional Biosafety Committee IBCwhich is responsible for recommending and enforcing university policies and procedures regarding biological safety, and reviewing recombinant DNA and synthetic nucleic acid research to ensure compliance with NIH Guidelines. The Chemical Safety Committee, which is responsible for recommending and enforcing university policies and procedures regarding the use, storage and disposal of potentially hazardous chemicals.
The Diving Control Board, which oversees the safety of research-related underwater scientific diving. Risk Management department responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Coordinating, reporting, managing and maintaining records of non-occupational liability, and property insurance claims; Maintaining insurance and other risk financing programs; Providing risk management information, education, and services to university departments; Recommending corrections to known hazardous conditions in conjunction with other departments.
Practices University safety programs USC safety programs are established to secure and protect the safety, health, and well-being of the university community, and to meet local, state, and federal regulatory standards. Communication about hazards Supervisors and managers must communicate with their employees, students, contractors and volunteers about occupational hazards and appropriate protective measures, in a manner readily understood by all personnel.
This communication system includes the following: Discussion with new personnel, prior to commencing work, regarding the safety hazards in the workplace and means by which they can be protected; Review of the provisions of this policy; System to report workplace hazards; Discussion of employee safety concerns, identified workplace hazards and corrective actions, as part of work meetings or in separate safety meetings; and Posting, discussing or distributing to staff safety information such as EHS Fact Sheets.
Training Department heads, deans, managers and administrators are responsible to assure that subordinate supervisors are trained or knowledgeable in the safety and health hazards to which personnel under their immediate direction and control may be exposed.
Supervisors are responsible to assure that employees, students, contractors and volunteers whom they supervise receive training to identify and protect themselves from workplace safety hazards in their specific work area, in a manner readily understood by all personnel.
Job-specific health and safety procedures; How to recognize anticipated health and safety hazards; How to minimize through safety practices and use of protective equipment; and Emergency procedures and incident reporting.
Supervisors shall require those they supervise to complete any and all applicable safety training: When an employee is newly hired, or is given an assignment for which he or she has not been previously trained; When new hazards are introduced by new substances, processes or equipment; When the supervisor is made aware of a new or previously unrecognized hazard; and When safety performance deficiencies are identified.
Facility design and seismic safety Departments responsible for design, construction, or renovation of facilities shall work with EHS to ensure that health and safety reviews of facility concepts, designs and plans occur, so that facilities will meet health and safety regulations and design standards that support a safe workplace.
To prevent injuries in an earthquake, all schools and departments must secure equipment and furnishings against seismic shaking. Seismic mitigation requirements include the following: Hazard assessment Supervisors shall conduct regular, periodic inspections of their workplaces to identify and evaluate workplace hazards and unsafe work practices.
Inspection templates are available on the EHS website. Inspection frequency should be proportional to the magnitude of risk posed in the particular workplace. Inspections are also required whenever new processes, procedures, equipment or substances present new health and safety hazards.
Upon supervisor request, EHS will conduct an industrial hygiene exposure assessment for noise, temperature, chemical or radiologic hazards in the workplace.
EHS and Fire Safety shall conduct periodic safety audits according to the table below, to evaluate the effectiveness of the regular safety and housekeeping inspections conducted by supervisors.
EHS and Fire Safety will provide safety audit findings and recommendations for corrective action to the appropriate department or school.OSHA Extends Deadline for Electronic Submission of Injury and Illness Records The date by which certain employers are required to submit to OSHA the information from their completed Form A has been extended to December 15, (k) (1) The division shall prepare a Model Injury and Illness Prevention Program for Non-High-Hazard Employment, and shall make copies of the model program prepared pursuant to this subdivision available to employers, upon request, for posting in the workplace.
The public, therefore, could take the injury and illness data out of context, as the public would not be privy to the details behind injuries, safety measures employers adopt, how the data compares to industry averages, or any other relevant information related to the circumstances of the injury or illness.
This Injury and Illness Incident Report is one of the first forms you must fill out when a recordable work-related injury or illness has occurred. Together with the Log of Work-Related injuries and Illnesses and the accompanying Summary, these forms help the.
This injury and illness incident report is an essential form, but it is not the only form required by law. You must also maintain a Log of Work-Related Illnesses and an annual summary of occurrences.
These forms are not provided with this package. Some health insurance policies also define a medical condition as any illness, injury, or disease except for psychiatric illnesses.
As it is more value-neutral than terms like disease, the term medical condition is sometimes preferred by people with health issues that they do not consider deleterious.