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Walk After Dark Every year Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety partners with ASUU and Facility Operations to conduct a survey of lighting across campus.  This annual event is known as the “Walk After Dark.” During this event groups of individuals from various organizations walk every sidewalk on campus to survey lighting levels, both actual […]

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Dear University of Utah Colleagues The university is conducting a peer program review of our health and safety efforts. The review involves organizational alignment, policy and procedure reviews and will include an on-site component.  On October 9 and 10 2017, a review team from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston,  will be […]

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HAZARD COMMUNICATIONS Chemicals used in campus office and research operations alike pose a wide range of health hazards (such as irritation, sensitization and carcinogenicity) and physical hazards (such as flammability, corrosion and reactivity).  At the University of Utah, it is the responsibility of each supervisor to ensure that chemicals in their areas are properly labeled […]

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INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY CONCERN For strange or unusual odors that are not extremely strong or acutely irritating, complete the indoor environmental quality concern form at oehs.utah.edu/odor. For extremely strong or acutely irritating odors that are causing symptoms such as burning, watering eyes, running nose, coughing, etc. leave the area and immediately contact Occupational and Environmental Health […]

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INCIDENT AND NEAR-MISS REPORTING Timely reporting of incidents such as injuries is critical.  Regulatory bodies have reporting requirements that can result in citations and penalties if not followed. Tracking of near misses can help identify problem areas before an injury occurs. OSHA defines a near miss as an, “unplanned event that did not result in […]

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RESPIRATORY PROTECTION PROGRAM Some situations at the University may require the use of an air purifying respirator.  For this reason the University has an established respiratory protection program which outlines the requirements for use of respiratory protection, such as respirators, on campus If you feel that you need to use a respirator in your work […]

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ON-THE-JOB INURY REPORTING[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-4″] [/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Supervisors play a critical role in the university’s occupational health and safety compliance programs.  As this regards notification of on the job incidents, supervisor’s actions are essential to the university efforts. The university is obligated to report the following to OSHA: All work-related fatalities, within eight hours of finding […]

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