An Introduction to Health and Safety at the University of Washington

An Introduction to Health and Safety at the University of Washington

October 11, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


[MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER 1: The
University of Washington is committed to
academic excellence through education and
innovative research. The university educates more
than 55,000 students annually, and more than 40,000
faculty and staff lead and support the
success of our institution. In Washington State
alone, our employees span three campuses and dozens
of additional remote locations. Our employees range from
professors educating students. Staff conducting research
in our laboratories and out in the field. Medical personnel
caring for patients. Administrative and facility
staff keeping our operations running smoothly. And even our students are hired
to work for the university. With so many jobs, comes
endless work processes and opportunities for
potential injuries if hazards are not
identified and controlled. The university is committed to
providing a safe and healthful work environment and
everyone has a role to play to ensure the
safety of our community. [MUSIC PLAYING] At the university,
hazards can range from those inherent in
chemicals and biologicals, to physical hazards like
moving parts on machinery. The bottom line
is, as an employee, you have the right
to know what hazards are present in your
work environment, and how to protect yourself
from those hazards. Whether you work in a lab,
out in the field, in a shop, or in an office, there is
health and safety information you need to know. A helpful reference
about this information is the university’s
Accident Prevention Plan, this plan covers health
and safety information relevant to all employees
no matter where you work. Your department will
supplement this plan with site specific
safety information if the hazards in
your work environment go beyond what is covered in
the Accident Prevention Plan. We are going to highlight
the main topics covered in the Accident Prevention Plan. However, please reference
the written plan as that will cover the topics
in greater detail. SPEAKER 2: Thanks
for coming in today. SPEAKER 3: Thanks for having me. SPEAKER 1: Let’s start with your
health and safety orientation. Your health and
safety training starts from the moment you’re hired. All employees go through a
health and safety orientation that covers information
you need to know in order to work safely. This safety
orientation is usually covered by a supervisor or other
designee from your department. Topics covered in the health
and safety orientation include, how to report on
the job injury or a health and safety concern. How to evacuate your building
in the event of an emergency. How to find and utilize
the university’s Accident Prevention Plan. Instruction on site specific
hazards and procedures in place to protect you
from those hazards. Safety training required
prior to starting your work. Explanation on the proper
use and maintenance of any personal
protective equipment required for your job. And any additional
information needed to prepare you to
perform your job safely. [MUSIC PLAYING] Health and safety
guidance doesn’t stop after your new
employee safety orientation. You have partners
across the university who work together to keep all
employees and the community safe. In addition to Environmental
Health and Safety, there are university
departments and organizations who are committed to ensuring
the safety and well-being of our employees. There are also employee-led
health and safety committees that serve the
university community. These committees
represent all employees across the university,
and meet monthly to discuss recent accident
reports and health and safety concerns. You can reach out to your
health and safety committee representatives to recommend
safety improvements and voice concerns related to
health and safety. It is a good idea to know
which committee represents you and your department. They are listed on the
Environmental Health and Safety department’s website. [MUSIC PLAYING] As an employee, it is your
right to voice health and safety concerns. In addition to health
and safety committees, you can always voice your
concerns to your supervisor or to Environmental
Health and Safety. You can also report these
health and safety concerns, near-misses, and
hazardous conditions through the university’s online
accident reporting system. And remember, if you experience
a work-related injury or illness, you are required to
report that injury or illness through this reporting system. We have covered a lot of
information in this video. An important takeaway
is that everyone has a responsibility when it
comes to health and safety at the university. All of our faculty, staff,
students, and volunteers are responsible for
observing and following health and safety regulations,
policies, and procedures. Participating in mandatory
health and safety training. Promptly reporting to their
supervisors, all safety and health hazards or violations
and on-site incidents, injuries, and
environmental illnesses. And giving due consideration
to personal safety and the safety of others while
performing assigned tasks. With the support of
university leadership, the dedication of departments
and the participation of all employees,
we can strengthen the University of Washington’s
culture of health and safety. For more information on the
topics covered in this video, contact Environmental Health
and Safety by email, phone, or by visiting their website.