Southwestern

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Safety Office

Programs & Hazard Communication

This page contains downloads and links to other web sites that have information about general and specific safety programs Southwestern offers, as well as general information about safety topics.

Art Safety

  • Browse Waste Disposal for Art Supplies (url)
    Artists, art teachers and students often produce solid waste and sometimes liquid waste as a result of their art processes. Much of this waste can be hazardous, leaving the problem of how to dispose of it safely and legally.

Accident Prevention

Asbestos Program

  • The asbestos management plan has been developed to maintain a safe and healthy work environment by ensuring that asbestos-containing building materials (ACBM) will not be unintentionally disturbed.

Back Safety Program

  • Review the top 10 lifting risks and how you can prevent injuries for your staff/department.
  • A form to assess an employee’s training in back safety and to record observations on lifting and bending.
  • Department Heads and Supervisors are responsible to provide a safe working environment by promoting safe lifting techniques, providing proper material handling equipment for their employees, and correcting unsafe lifting/material handling habits.
  • A guide to help handle and move materials in a safe manner.
  • Browse Oklahoma State Back References (url)
    Back injuries are exceedingly painful. They are difficult to heal, and they have an effect upon everything a person does. It is important to learn techniques and procedures that may help you prevent a reoccurrence. By learning proper lifting techniques and the basics of back safety, you may be able to save yourself a lot of pain…. and a lifetime of back problems.
  • Browse OSHA Back Safety Resources (url)
    A training workbook to prevent back injuries.
  • Browse Back Stretches - Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (url)
    Regular exercises to restore the strength of your back and a gradual return to everyday activities are important for your full recovery. Your orthopaedic surgeon and physical therapist may recommend that you exercise 10 to 30 minutes a day 1 to 3 times a day during your early recovery. They may suggest some of the following exercises. This guide can help you better understand your exercise and activity program, which should be supervised by your therapist and orthopaedic surgeon.

Behavior Based Safety

  • Our goals are to encourage active employee participation in our safety program, and to encourage safe behaviors and discourage unsafe behaviors on an individual employee basis as well as work units/departments.

Bloodborne Pathogens

  • Complete this report only for actual exposure “contact” with blood/fluid to skin or mucous membranes.
  • The purpose of this program is to protect employees from the risk of exposure to infectious diseases.
  • Safety office record on acceptance or declination of the Hepatitis B Vaccine, that may be given if – due to your potential for occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials – you may be at risk of acquiring an HBV.
  • Browse Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s Bloodborne Pathogens topic page (url)
    Needlestick injuries and other sharps-related injuries which expose workers to bloodborne pathogens continues to be an important public health concern. Workers in many different occupations are at risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens, including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDS. Bloodborne Pathogens is addressed in standards specifically for the general industry.
  • Browse CDC’s Protecting Healthcare Workers from Bloodborne Pathogens site (url)
    Important factors that may determine the overall risk for occupational transmission of a bloodborne pathogen include the number of infected individuals in the patient population, the chance of becoming infected after a single blood contact from an infected patient, and the type and number of blood contacts.
  • Browse Practice Greenhealth’s Bloodborne Pathogens Reference Site (url)
    Highlighting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.
  • Browse Sharps Disposal Mail-In Service (url)
    Mail back solution perfect for handling needle, syringe and other sharps disposal needs. It has passed rigorous U.S. Postal Service testing to meet all USPS and other federal guidelines.
  • Browse Sharps Disposal Service #2 (url)
    a cost-effective solution for disposal of needles, syringes, and lancets; as well as other types of sharps and small quantities of medical waste.

Child Sitting Policy and Release Forms

  • The Child Sitting Policy is designed to improve the safety and welfare of children while under the supervision of child sitters during sponsored University events. It also offers levels of protection for the child sitters and the institution.

Communicable Disease Protocols

Compressed Gas Safety

  • Browse OSHA’s Compressed Gas and Equipment (url)
    Hazards associated with compressed gases include oxygen displacement, fires, explosions, and toxic gas exposures, as well as the physical hazards associated with high pressure systems. Special storage, use, and handling precautions are necessary in order to control these hazards.

Confined Space Entry

Emergency Eyewash Program

  • Management of our emergency eyewash and shower stations in areas where corrosive materials are used. Inspection forms and protocols, departmental representatives assigned to help ensure safe operation of our eyewash stations.

Emergency Response Plan

  • This plan is for use by anyone needing assistance in a crisis situation. The plan will outline specific procedures to follow for a variety of potential emergencies.

Employee Safety Orientation Program

Ergonomics - Material Handling

  • The purpose of this program is to address and correct ergonomic challenges in the university workplace. Ergonomics is the study of the relationship of human interaction (limitations) with equipment, tools or tasks in the workplace that could cause injury.
  • Browse OSHA’s Working Safely with Video Display Terminals (url)
    This website briefly examines the potential hazards and interventions employers can use to prevent or reduce the potential harmful effects of working with video display terminals (VDTs).
  • Browse Cornell University’s Ergonomics Web (url)
    This web site focuses on ways to enhance usability by improving the ergonomic design of hardware, software, and workplaces, to enhance people’s comfort, performance and health.
  • OSHA’s Ergonomics web site (url)
    OSHA has a four-pronged comprehensive approach to ergonomics designed to quickly and effectively address musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the workplace.
  • Browse NIOSH’s Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Disorders web site (url)
    Safety and Health Topic page from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s Division of Applied Research and Technology
  • Browse Bodybilt: chairs (url)
    Bodybilt designs their ergonomic chairs to fit the human body’s natural posture. Then build them one person at a time, from 57 million possible configurations.
  • Browse Material Handling Industry of America (url)
    The leading non-profit trade association representing the U.S. material handling and logistics industry -

Fire Safety

  • Explanation of how we manage our fire extinguishers, including inspection process, responsibilities, etc.
  • Provides information about our fire safety efforts and portable space heater restrictions.
  • Reviews fire safety program components and efforts to prevent the risk of fires on campus as well as engineering controls to reduce the severity of a fire.

Heater Policy

Ladder Safety

  • Form to assess safety of ladders in your department or group
  • Ladders present opportunities for fall hazards if they are used improperly or under unsafe conditions. Departments should ensure that employees who use ladders are trained and ensure they follow these safe ladder work practices.

Lead Management Plan

  • As lead is a hazardous material, it is important to provide Southwestern University employees with instructions on how to safely handle and dispose of lead containing materials.

Machine Guarding Program

Mold Management Plan

  • Details of how we inspect, report and clean mold in campus buildings.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Southwestern University’s Personal Protective Equipment Program is designed to provide protection to our employees from the risk of injury by creating a barrier against workplace hazards.
  • Browse Glove Compatibility Charts for Specific Companies (url)
    No glove may be used as protection from all chemicals. A glove may protect against a specific chemical, but it may not protect the wearer from another. If a glove protects the wearer, it will not protect the wearer forever, as the glove material will deteriorate.

Respiratory Protection Program

Safety Audit Plan

  • A form to assess an employee’s training in back safety and to record observations on lifting and bending.
  • Form to assess safety of ladders in your department or group
  • A description of the process to help reduce the risk of illness, accidents/injuries and improve participation in safety programs. This process is also used to improve regulatory compliance.

Slip Trip and Fall

  • Our goal is to proactively prevent or reduce slips, trips, and falls at Southwestern by providing employee training and education on the identification and control of workplace
    slip, trip and fall hazards..

Spill Prevention, Control & Countermeasure

  • Browse Spill Prevention, Control & Countermeasure Plan
    Southwestern’s site specific plan that outlines steps we have taken to prevent the discharge of oil to surface water in order to protect the aquatic environment. Oil inventory locations, inspection logs, emergency procedures, notification forms.
  • Browse SPCC Inspection Logs
    Monthly inspection logs for oil bulk storage containers and oil filled operational equipment (elevator oil reservoirs).
  • Browse SPCC - Contact List and Notification Form - for Oil Spills
    Use this contact list and notification form if there is an oil spill that reaches surface water (storm or sanitary drain line).

Tractor Safety Program

Vehicle Safety Program

  • To provide procedures so that University owned, personally owned or contractor-owned golf cart-type vehicles are operated in a safe manner to prevent injuries to personnel and property.
  • Southwestern University Fleet Safety Guidelines (gleaned from EIIA guideline)
  • A proactive vehicle safety program to help reduce the risk of operating vehicles.
  • In order to be approved to reserve or drive a 15 passenger van, drivers will need to have a drivers license check, complete a web-based driver training program, complete hands-on van driving experience and meet a minimum of two year driving experience.
  • Questions & Answers about our fleet safety program

Youth Interaction Safety Policy

  • This disclosure serves as a request that any present or former employer, police department, educational or financial institution or other person having personal knowledge about you to furnish any and all information in their possession regarding you in co
  • The Child Sitting Policy is designed to improve the safety and welfare of children while under the supervision of child sitters during sponsored University events. It also offers levels of protection for the child sitters and the institution.
  • Form for Initial Background Check
  • Provides a summary of your rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
  • Our Youth Interaction Policy provides a safer environment for youths involved in camps or programs. Includes safe interaction guidelines, criminal background checks, compliance with Senate Bill 1414 (Campus Program For Minors).

Hazard Communication

Art Related MSDS's

SOURCE SITE
Glazes URL
KODAK MSDS, Labels, Health, and Safety URL
Klean Strip MSDS URL
Art Supplies - Post Apple Scientific URL
Art Supply URL

Documents & Sites

SOURCE SITE
Chemical (MSDS's) URL
NFPA Ratings of Common Chemicals URL
MSDS Glossary - Chemical Reference Site URL
Chemical Label Database URL
Safety Symbols (pdf) URL
OSHA Hazard Communication URL
International Safety Cards and NIOSH Pocket Guide URL
Hazardous Product Purchasing Guide (pdf) Download
Chemical Reactivity Hazards - OSHA - Resource Site URL
Scorecard Chemical Profile URL

MSDS Multiple Sites

SOURCE SITE
Interactive Learning Paradigms Inc. - MSDS URL
SIRI MSDS Index URL
Safety Information Resources Inc (SIRI) URL
Multiple MSDA Sites URL
Cornell - MSDS URL
Society for Chemical Hazard Communication URL

Toxicology - Environmental Health - Occupational Medicine

SOURCE SITE
ATSDR - Agency for Toxicology URL
NIEHS - National Institute of Environmental Health Services URL
US National Library of Medicine URL
Haz-Map: Hazardous Chemicals and Occupational Disease URL
CDC and NIOSH URL
NLM - Fact Sheets - Toxicology URL
TOXNET - Multiple Sites URL

Written Hazcom Program

SOURCE SITE
HazCom Program (pdf) Download
HazCom Quick Guide (pdf) Download