The Occupational Health and Safety Program promotes health and safety procedures and assists the university community in identifying, evaluating and eliminating occupational and workplace hazards that can cause illnesses or injuries.
Written programs are provided to support voluntary compliance with federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) regulations and standards to ensure employees are provided with workplaces free of recognized hazards. Written programs are available for Hearing Conservation, Confined Space Entry, Hazard Communication and Respiratory Protection.
The Occupational Health and Safety Program also provides industrial hygiene evaluation and administers an Occupational Health Program (OHP) for researchers and support staff whose roles place them into a higher degree of risk. The Occupational Health Program is based in the early identification of conditions that could present an increased risk of adverse health effects related to the tasks being performed in the laboratory. The industrial hygiene evaluations provided by Occupational Health and Safety include indoor air quality investigations (unusual odors, mold, moisture, ventilation), ergonomic workstation evaluations, noise level surveys, and chemical exposure assessments.