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Occupational & personal safety programs
Hazard identification & remediation
Hazard identification & remediation are important factors in preventing injuries. Reports of physical conditions that could contribute to an injury or damage are investigated by this office. Requests for corrective measures are then routed via the Work Management Office to the respective tradesmen.
All incidents involving motor vehicles must be immediately reported to the University Police, who investigate, prepare reports and issue summons when warranted. Involved individuals are expected to cooperate with the officer on scene. Any injuries must be immediately reported to the officer, who if requested, can contact emergency medical personnel.
All injuries to members of the campus community are serious concerns
- Students who are injured in a classroom or laboratory must report the incident to the instructor.
- Injuries in residential buildings must be reported to the respective Building Coordinator or Resident Assistant.
- University staff or faculty who are injured must advise their respective supervisors.
- Injuries involving guests should be reported directly to the University Police.
- All requests for Paramedics and ambulances must be routed through the University Police, who will escort the vehicles to the scene.
Most of the buildings on campus are equipped with elevators. There is a concerted effort to maintain all units in optimum condition. Individuals who abuse the elevators cause inconvenience for other people, especially the physically challenged.
Some practices to remember:
- Never force open the car or floor doors as this will adversely affect the mechanisms.
- Use the button on the car panel to hold open the doors.
- Allow persons to exit the car before boarding.
- Do not drop debris between the car and the shaft way. Debris can get caught between the car and the doors, and contribute to fires in the pit.
- Personal items dropped into the shaft way, can be retrieved for a fee.
- All elevator cars are equipped with emergency telephones or intercoms with the University Police, for the specific purpose of requesting assistance.
- Repeatedly pushing a floor call button will not accelerate the car. Vertical speeds of the elevator cars are carefully set for passenger comfort and safety.
- As with all state buildings, smoking is prohibited inside the elevator cars and lobbies.
- Overloading the elevator capacity will cause the lift system to shut down.
This office offers guidance and training assistance in safety related topics, including;
- Cooking safety
- Fire extinguishers
- Fire response procedures
- Hazardous waste management
- Incident investigation techniques
- Ladder safety
- Lockout / tagout
- Machine guarding
- Manual lifting
- Material Safety Data Sheets
- Mold control
- Office safety
- Residential fire prevention regulations
- Slips, trips & falls
Regulatory interpretation of standards enforced by the Virginia Department of Labor & Industry is a responsibility of this office. These regulations form the basis of employee occupational safety & health programs, and may be accessed at http://www.doli.virginia.gov. As an agency of the Commonwealth, NSU fully embraces the regulations and is committed to the safety of all members of the campus community.
Fire prevention, detection, notification and suppression systems exist for the protection of persons and property. All dormitories are equipped with fire alarm panels that continuously communicate directly with the University Police and indicate system status.
The Campus system consists of approximately 5,000 sprinkler heads, 2,000 smoke & heat detectors, 900 alarms and 500 manual “pull” stations. Periodic improvements are scheduled to upgrade notification capabilities and enhance safety. All systems receive daily checks, and monthly, quarterly and annual operational inspections are performed as required, along with annual inspections by the state fire marshal.
Emergency evacuation procedures
Residential students are provided instructions on fire regulations and response procedures to fire alarms. Exit routes, assembly sites, roll call and return to quarters are explained in detail by residential assistants. All students are required to participate with such exercises as a means of assuring their personal protection.
In academic and administrative buildings, Instructors and supervisors are expected to lead their respective personnel out of the building to a pre-designated site. Attendance is to be taken and University Police are to be notified of any missing or injured persons.
Drivers of motor vehicles on campus must have a current driver’s license, and observe all traffic signs. The speed limit is 15 MPH. Vehicles owned by NSU may only be driven by qualified University employees. Students are not permitted to operate University vehicles. University Police are empowered to enforce traffic regulations and issue summons accordingly. Pedestrians in walkways and sidewalks have right of way.