328.2 Health and Safety

Created by: Stephanie Ferguson on 02/28/2005
Category: 3 - Finance and Administration; 20 - Security/Traffic
Originator: Director of Risk Management
Current File: 328.2
Adoption Date: 09/24/2013
Reviewed for Currency: 09/24/2013
Replaces File: 328.2
Date of Origin: 09/23/1976
Classification: Faculty
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328.2 Health and Safety


A. Background

Health and safety are everyone's concern. Employees should regard adherence to health and safety procedures as part of their job requirements. Through a strong commitment to safety, the university can minimize its losses, increase morale and productivity, and reduce pain and suffering.


B. Policy

Furman University will comply with state and federal safety and health standards (1) to provide a safe and healthful environment for faculty and staff, students and visitors on the campus, and (2) to maintain an environment free from recognized hazards when no standard is applicable to the situation.


C. Guidelines

1. In addition to OSHA requirements and the regulations of the State Fire Marshal's office, Furman adopts as its guidelines the Southern Building Codes and Southern Fire Codes. Copies of these codes are available from the Director of Risk Management.

2. University faculty and staff shall comply with all applicable Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules and regulations. The Furman University Safety Manual will be the university's resource for training employees and students in proper procedures and guidelines.  The Safety Manual is maintained on the Facilities Services website.

3. Budget unit heads and facility supervisors have the primary responsibility to ensure that activities and purchases under their control comply with applicable safety regulations and standards.

4. Health and safety should be one of the primary considerations in the planning and conduct of all university activities and in the design and construction and in the modification or renovation of all university buildings and facilities.

5. The Director of Risk Management shall act as advisor to the university community in all aspects of safety or fire prevention and work with faculty and staff to ensure that all activities under their control comply with applicable safety regulations and standards.

6. The Director of Risk Management, his or her designated representative, or any university supervisory personnel, shall have the authority and responsibility to stop any activity that presents certain and imminent danger of serious injury.

7. The Director of Risk Management will have the primary responsibility for maintaining all required records of accidents or injuries and for analyzing the data generated with the goal of preventing accidents.

8. The Director of Risk Management has the responsibility for conducting the campus-wide safety education program with the objective of developing an attitude of safety consciousness in the university community.

9. Supervisors have the responsibility of investigating all accidents with the goal of preventing their recurrence. The Director of Risk Management will also investigate all accidents and review supervisor accident reports and will recommend positive corrective action.

10. All employees will report any injury, however slight, to their supervisor who will report to the Human Resources Office within 48 hours of the accident for completion of required paperwork. In addition, accidents involving guests or visitors shall be immediately reported to the University Police.

11. The Risk Management Office will inspect all university facilities on a regular schedule to monitor compliance with applicable safety regulations.