Health and Safety
Date of Current Revision: October, 2009
Responsible Office: Chief of Police
This policy provides guidelines and instructions to assist university officials in their compliance with applicable provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act as well applicable laws and regulations of other state and federal regulatory agencies.
The Board of Visitors is responsible for the establishment of university policy and delegates the authority for managing the university to the president.
Occupational Safety and Health Act:
OSHA is the federal legislation that guides and mandates specific safety policies and procedures for applicable organizations, including James Madison University.
Environmental Protection Agency:
The federal agency that oversees management of, among other things, toxic substances and waste.
Department of Homeland Security:
A cabinet department of the United States government with the primary responsibility of protecting the territory of the U.S. from terrorist attacks and responding to natural disasters.
Environmental Health and Safety Officers:
Risk Management Coordinator and the Safety Coordinator
This policy applies to all university employees.
The university will comply strictly with EPA, OSHA, Waste Management and other safety and health related codes, laws and standards.
Safety violations must be reported to a supervisor and the University Environmental Health and Safety officers. See "Responsibilities" for additional details.
7.1 The director of the Office of Human Resources shall ensure that probationary employees required to undergo a physical examination do so following offer of employment. Such examinations are provided at university expense.
7.2 The Environmental Health and Safety Officers are responsible for the following:
7.3 Directors and department heads are responsible for the following:
7.4 Supervisors are responsible for the following:
7.5 Employees are responsible for the following:
7.6 The Ionizing Radiation Safety Committee:
The responsibilities of the Ionization Radiation Safety Committee and the College of Science and Mathematics Health Physicist are documented in a College of Science and Mathematics policy. Its application is limited to the sciences as approved by the president and distributed to only those departments handling and storing radiation materials.
7.7 Bloodborne Pathogen Regulations:
Affected departments are required to prepare and maintain Exposure Control Plans specific to their function and assigned tasks. These regulations concern communicable diseases with measurable risk of exposure to designated classes of employees.
Sanctions will be commensurate with the severity and/or frequency of the offense and may include termination of employment.
The authority to interpret this policy rests with the president and is generally delegated to the senior vice president for administration and finance and Risk Management Coordinator
Previous version: September, 2005
Approved by the president: May, 2002
Index of Terms
Environmental Health Coordinator