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  Norfolk State University - Safety Committee

Purpose:

The University Safety Committee is a management tool to identify safety hazards and recommend corrective measures needed to eliminate or control them.

The University Safety Committee fosters on-going communication and cooperation within the campus community regarding all issues related to safety.

Appointments to the University Safety Committee are made by the President upon receipt of recommendations from appropriate campus organizations or other appropriate means. Membership shall be for a period of two years. The President shall have the option of reappointing members to additional terms. Terms of committee members shall be staggered to provide continuity to the committee.

The University Safety Committee is charged with developing and recommending to the University Administration solutions for the correction of potentially unsafe policy, practices, procedures and conditions; and will recommend methods of compliance with current laws, codes and regulations. University Safety Committee meetings are held monthly.

Specific goals and objectives include:

  • Increasing and maintaining the interest of employees in safety issues.
  • Convincing managers, supervisors and employees through awareness and training activities that they are primarily responsible for their own safety as well as prevention of workplace accidents.
  • Making safety activities an integral part of university as well as department operating procedures, culture and programs.
  • Provide an opportunity for the free discussion of safety problems and possible solutions.
  • Inform and educate employees and supervisors regarding safety issues, new standards, research findings, etc.
  • Reduce the risk of workplace injuries and illnesses.
  • Ensure compliance with federal and state safety standards.                                                                  
  • Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
    • Reviewing related issues raised by campus or community members and making appropriate recommendations for action, through policy and program development;
    • Reviewing the status of, providing guidance for, and assisting in the development of disaster preparation programs, continuity planning, disaster recovery and related training;
    • Reviewing regulatory mandates related to public safety, risk management and occupational safety, and making appropriate recommendations for action and/or developing related policies and programs;
    • Making recommendation to promote greater sensitivity to the needs of the diverse campus population with regard to safety issues.