As part of its responsibilities, the Health Center makes safety expertise and services available to all its programs through departments such as Research Safety, Public Safety, Facilities Management, and Employee Health Services. Faculty and staff provide oversight of safety and environmental protection activities through committees such as the Institutional Review Board, the Animal Care Committee, the Institutional Safety and Environmental Health Committee, Hospital Safety and Disaster Planning Committee, and the Hospital Infection Control Committee. Institutional Safety Policies and Guidelines on special issues outline procedures to be followed by everyone.

The following statements are intended to highlight selected minimum safety principles. All faculty, staff, and students are expected to know and comply with these precepts.

  • Safety is everyone's responsibility and cannot be delegated!

  • All employees are expected to carry out their assignments in a way that prevents injury to themselves and others.

  • Faculty and all employees must set personal examples of safety for their students and other employees. The Health Center's Rules of Conduct must be followed.

  • Faculty and staff must be alert to recognizing and resolving potential safety and environmental hazards so that risks for employees, students, volunteers and visitors are identified and reduced or eliminated.

  • Supervisors and employees must establish, follow, and enforce safe practices and procedures.

  • In research, principal investigators have a key role in establishing and enforcing safe practices and procedures.

  • Disciplinary action up to and including termination may be appropriate for failure to comply with or follow required safety procedures/policies.

  • Mandatory training is a key component of many safety efforts.

  • Management at all levels MUST enforce attendance at appropriate training sessions (Laboratory Safety, Radiation Safety, General Chemical Safety, Universal Precautions, Humane Care and Use of Animals, etc.).

  • Supervisors are responsible for having their employees attend required training.

  • Supervisors/Principal Investigators must provide information to their employees and students on the specific hazards associated with their activities and the safety procedures to be followed.

  • Employee Health Services will provide for the initial medical management of occupational injuries and illnesses. When Employees Health Service is not open (nights, weekends or holidays) or when the injury may require the resources of the Emergency Department, employees need to report to the Emergency Department.

  • It is the responsibility of every employee to report unsafe conditions to their supervisor or the supervisor having responsibility for the area. Unsafe conditions not promptly corrected will be reported in writing using the attached form which must also be sent to the appropriate supervisor and the Research Safety Office.

  • All activities are encouraged to have their own programs that further emphasize safety and assist in ensuring a safe environment, regulatory compliance, accreditation, etc.

  • During each employee's performance evaluation the supervisor needs to consider the individual's adherence to prescribed safety responsibilities.

  • As a CCMC employee, the CCMC Occupational Safety and Health Regulations apply. Employees must comply with these regulations. For example:

  • Appropriate equipment guards must be used and maintained.

  • Work with chemicals, as appropriate, may require goggles or goggles and a face shield, gloves and/or an apron. Such protective equipment is available for purchase from the warehouse and will then be provided to the employee at no cost.

  • Employees using respirators for chemical protection must have it selected and fit tested.

  • Potentially hazardous materials including compressed gases, flammable liquids, chemical reagents, infectious materials will be received and delivered by personnel trained in the potential hazard and appropriate emergency response.

  • Users of potentially hazardous materials will understand the potential hazards and ensure proper storage and labeling. Consistent with operational requirements, users are expected to minimize quantities kept in their area. Materials stored will be kept so as to prevent the contact of incompatibles and protected from breakage that could result from improper storage on unstable or overcrowded shelves.

  • Individuals will comply with established policies for the disposal of their hazardous materials (radioactive materials, chemicals, and regulated medical wastes).

  • CCMC Health Hazard Communication Rule Compliance Policy

  • CCMC Health Chemical Hygiene Plan for Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in the Laboratory.

  • Guideline for the Conduct of Activities with Biohazard us Materials at the CCMC supplemented by Working Safely.

  • Guidelines for the Disposal of Chemical Waste

  • Standards for the Handling of Compressed Gases in Cylinders

  • Policy and Procedures, Permit Required Confined Spaces

  • Policy for the Control of Hazardous Energy.

  • Smoking Policy

  • Rules of Conduct

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