STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT BINGHAMTON

OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR ADMINISTRATION

Policy Type:
Security and Safety

Policy Number:
807

Last Date Revised:
1/9/14
Policy Title:
Environmental Health and Safety Policy
The following office is responsible for the accuracy of the information contained in this policy:

Environmental Health and Safety Office

General Policy

1. It is the policy of Binghamton University to maintain an environment for its faculty, staff, students, and visitors that will not subject them to avoidable risk of injury.

2. The applicable health and safety standards are contained in rules and regulations promulgated by Federal and State agencies which must be followed in establishing campus safety policies. In addition, the published standards of nationally recognized professional health and safety organizations serve as guidelines in areas not covered by the government standards, rules and regulations.

Environmental Health and Safety Responsibility

1. Management

The President of the University is legally responsible for campus health and safety and must ensure that appropriate health and safety policies are established for environmental protection and the prevention of health and safety hazards. These responsibilities are delegated to all levels of supervision in order to ensure that campus health and safety objectives are met.

2. Role of Department Chairs/Directors

The chairs or directors of each department are responsible for the health and safety of all students, faculty, staff and visitors in their area. They have the obligation and authority to prevent or stop any operation they consider unsafe. They are also expected to obtain whatever assistance they may need from the Department of Environmental Health and Safety in order to develop and implement a departmental health and safety program. The chair/director may delegate all or part of these obligations to a departmental safety coordinator. Ideally, the safety coordinator should be a faculty member in an academic department. However, such delegation in no way relieves the chair or director of their responsibility in matters of departmental health and safety.

3. Supervisors

Each supervisor must develop initiatives that will maintain a safe work place and also develop training for employees and students regarding safe work practices. This training must ensure that employees and students know:

  •  All the potentially hazardous conditions associated with departmental operations, and methods  established to control them.

  •  All applicable safety regulations for the area of operation.

  •  That they are expected to help all persons unfamiliar with the area to comply with applicable  safety regulations.
The goal is for employees and students to develop awareness and responsibility for safety so they will act in a safe manner when faced with situations not covered by established rules or regulations.

4. Individuals

Many injuries are caused by unsafe acts rather than unsafe conditions. It is incumbent upon each individual to provide constant vigilance necessary to avoid unsafe acts. Thinking "safety" is a part of everyone's job. Each person has an obligation to take all reasonable precautions to prevent injury to themself or their fellow employee or student. Individuals are expected to learn and follow all health and safety policies and standards which apply to their activities and to check with their supervisor when there are doubts concerning potential hazards.

5. Department of Environmental Health and Safety

The University's Department of Environmental Health and Safety provides guidance and services to campus personnel so that the goals and objectives of the campus environmental health and safety policy may be attained. The responsibility requires the Department of Environmental Health and Safety to:

  •  Provide the President, or their designee, the information needed to formulate campus health and  safety policies.

     Investigate and report health and safety incidents involving campus personnel or visitors.

  •   Assist campus personnel to plan, establish, and maintain safe work practices and a safe work  environment in compliance with the Public Employees Safety and Health Act of 1980.

Management Procedures
100 - Budget and Finance 600 - Personnel and Payroll
200 - Business Affairs 700 - Binghamton University Foundation
300 - Information Technology and Information Security 750 - Research Foundation
400 - Facilities and Property 800 - Security and Safety
500 - Institutional Services 900 - Office of the Provost