The Catholic University of America

Environmental Health and Safety Manual

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1 - RESPONSIBILITIES

Section Contents

1.1 GENERAL
1.2 MANAGEMENT
1.3 EMPLOYEES AND FACULTY
1.4 ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & SAFETY DEPARTMENT

 


1.1

GENERAL

Safety in the workplace and protection of our environment is a shared responsibility; it is not "someone else's" responsibility.  Everyone must fully cooperate to achieve a working environment that is both safe and healthy for all.  This cooperation is best expressed when each person fulfills his or her responsibilities as outlined below:

1.2

MANAGEMENT

The managerial and supervisory staff are responsible for implementing the safety policy. Vice Presidents, Deans, Directors, Chairpersons, heads of offices, laboratory supervisors and other supervisory personnel are accountable for the Health & Safety of employees engaged in activities under their supervision and for environmental effects resulting from activities under their control. Supervisors must ensure their areas are free of safety hazards, safe operating procedures are in place, employees are properly trained, safety devices and personal protective equipment are available and used, and employees comply with Health & Safety rules and work in a safe and considerate manner. Supervisors must also investigate accidents and take corrective action to minimize the chance of another occurrence. Supervisory staff are to foster a positive attitude towards health, safety, and environmental concerns.

1.3

EMPLOYEES AND FACULTY

Employees and faculty have a responsibility to comply with health, safety, and environmental rules issued by the University, their departments, and their supervisors. Employees must follow safe work practices, attend required training, use appropriate safety devices and personal protective equipment, and maintain adequate housekeeping in their work areas. Employees and faculty are to report all accidents and unsafe conditions to their supervisors.

1.4

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & SAFETY DEPARTMENT

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) has responsibility for maintaining knowledge of regulatory requirements and recommending to the University means for compliance. EHS develops safety programs, assists in training, and functions in an advisory and consultative capacity, providing a wide range of environmental, industrial hygiene, safety, and radiation control services.