New Employee Safety Orientation

Safety Statistics:
Over fourteen thousand americans die from
on-the-job accidents every year.
One worker is injured nearly every 20 seconds.
Most accidents occur within an employee’s
first six months on a new job.

Safety policy:
Safety and work go hand in hand.
Employees are expected to promote safety,
report unsafe conditions, and ask a supervisor
if unfamiliar with a chemical, tool, or equipment.
Management provides a safe work environment
and continually works to prevent injuries.

University Responsibility:
To establish and supervise a safe and
healthful working environment;
Promote an accident prevention program,
and provide safety and health training programs;
Maintain equipment up to safety and health standards;
Keep records of occupational injuries/illnesses.
To comply with State and Federal laws
governing the safety of employees, all
of which require regimented training programs.

State and Federal laws
requiring training:

29 CFR 1910.1200 & ARK Act 556 of 1991
Hazard communication
29 CFR 1910.38  Emergency Reponse
29 CFR 1910.120(q)  HazWOPR
29 CFR 1910.1030  Bloodborne Pathogen
29 CFR 1910.120  Spill Prevention

Training:
The School of Life Sciences annual faculty meetings
are utilized to present training.  All employees
(faculty, staff and student workers) are required
to complete training.  Classroom attendance
is required of all new employees.
Annual requalification is required
for all employees.  
Student workers are
required to complete training before working in labs,
and should recieve paid time to complete the training.

Training consist of:
A one time New Employee Orientation
for all new employees.
Hazard communication, Emergency Response,
& Hazwoper
for all employees of P&LS.
In addition;
Chemical Hygiene plan for all employees in McEver.
Blood borne Pathogens for nursing.
Blood borne Pathogens, Safe Chemical Handling
and Spill Prevention for employees working in biology labs.
Safe Chemical Handling and Spill Prevention for
employees working in chemistry labs.
Department heads can require additional
training if desired.
Inputs and requests for additional
or different training are welcome.
Departmental safety meetings are encouraged as
an additional form of training.

Safety Committee:
Appointed by Dean or dept head as needed.
Conducts safety inspections, investigates incidents,
reviews work conditions for accident prevention,
reviews and responds to safety suggestions and questions.

Safety Rules:
Observe all safety warning signs.
Maintain good housekeeping.
Keep emergency equipment accessible.
Wear required PPE & safe clothing,
don’t wear loose clothing or jewelry,
and tie back long hair.
Wear appropiate footwear for the occasion.
Obtain prescription safety glasses (if needed).

Personal Protective Equipment(PPE):
PPE requirements differ for specific departments;
Required in all labs when in progress,
unless directed otherwise by instructor.
Recommended minimum PPE for labs;
ANSI Z-87 safety glasses. Gloves
are available as needed.  Some cases may
require lab coat and full face protection.
Consult instructor or Chemical Hygiene officer
if unsure
of type of PPE required or if PPE is needed.

Accidents and Injuries:
Promptly report each incident.
All incidents MUST be investigated.
An incident is; death, every nonfatal occupational illness,
and those nonfatal occupational injuries which involve
one or more of the following; loss of conciousness,
restriction of work or motion, transfer to another job,
or medical treatment (other than first aid).
If there is any doubt, report the incident.

Record Keeping:
OSHA 300 form (Log Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses)
must be posted, and maintained in the
establishment for 5 years.

First Aid:
Be aware of who can administer first aid and CPR.
The infirmary or health & wellness center,
Rm 126, Dean Hall is open 7:30 to 5:00.
First-aid kits can be found in all labs and stockroom.
Safety showers and eyewash stations are
located in the major chemistry labs (Rms 20, 23 & 27),
and all labs have eyewash stations.
Fire blankets are located in the chemistry labs.
All employees should be familiar with the
locations of the kits and stations.


Poor Safety Habits / Safety Don’ts:
Don't fool around/show off.
Don't ignore a safety hazard.
Never shut off or circumvent
an equipment safeguard.
Don't become overconfident in your job.
Never assume safety is someone else’s job.

Poor Housekeeping:
Always be aware of ;
Slip and trip hazards, blocking access to exits,
fire fighting equipment, electrical panels,
aisles and stairwells, and accumulation
of combustibles.

Back Problem Statistics:
Eighty percent of Americans suffer back
injuries requiring medical attention.
Thirty percent of all industrial injuries involve the back.
Back injuries are often the result of years of abuse.
In addition to missed work,
there may be a lifetime of pain.

Back Safety Tips;
Don’t lift more than 50 pounds by yourself.
When reaching up, don’t overextend.
If standing in one place, put a foot on a footrest.
Push—don’t pull,
Squat—don’t bend,
Turn—don’t twist.
To reduce back pain—see your doctor.

Hazardous Chemicals:
Take the Hazard Communication training,
Learn the locations and uses of hazardous chemicals.
Most labs have some present.
Both stockrooms have large quantities present.

Labeling Unknown Samples:
All lab instructors and lab prep personnel
who prepare unknown samples for labs
MUST label the unknown samples with
the course name, the lab experiment number,
a descrete identification, and the date,
(ex; CHEM 2134, exp#10, unk. A, 8/21/05)
and MUST provide
this information
to the chemical hygiene officer.

Chemical Spills or Releases:
Take Safe Chemical & Spill Prevention training.
Know your evacuation plan.
Know your assembly area, East parking lot for
McEver.

Material Safety Data Sheets:
Take the Hazard Communication training.
MSDS's are required to be furnished
with any hazardous chemical.
MSDS's provide all kinds of vital information
on protecting yourself, property and the
environment from the hazards of the chemical.
MSDS's must be made available for anyone to utilize.
MSDS locations are in folders in each
of the labs where chemicals are used;
in the Chemical Hygiene officers office,
Rm 24, McEver;
and may also be found various places online.

Chemical disposal:
Take the Chemical Hygiene plan training.
Absolutely no chemicals are to be disposed of
other than in accordance with the
manufacturers recommendations.
NEVER pour chemicals down
the sink or floor drains!
For assistance on disposal,
contact the Chemical Hygiene Officer,
Jim Fulmer, Rm 24, McEver,
or refer to the P&LS web page pls.atu.edu
link to the faculty / staff  safety page.

Evacuation Procedures:
Recognize the evacuation signal
and listen for instructions.
Shut down any equipment if safe to do so.
Go directly to the nearest safe exit and
proceed to the assembly area
(East parking lot for McEver).

Fire Prevention:
Take the Emergency Response training.
Practice fire prevention,
always be aware of potential fire hazards,
and correct them or report them.

Fire response:
Take the Emergency Response training.
If a fire is small enough for you to extinguish,
do so, otherwise set alarm, sound alarm, or call 911.

Emergency Information:
All emergency response organizations
in Russellville or Pope County are
911
On campus phones, dial 911 direct,
access codes no longer required.

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