Human Resources

Staff Policies

X. Safety and Health

Policy under review

A. Safety and health policy statement

The health and safety of all employees of Reed College is of primary importance.  To the greatest extent possible, the college will provide all mechanical and physical facilities required for personal health and safety, in keeping with the highest standards.

To be successful, such a program must embody the proper attitudes toward injury and illness prevention on the part of the whole Reed community.  It also requires cooperation in all safety and health matters, not only between the supervisor and his/her staff, but also between each person and his/her fellow worker.  Only through a cooperative effort can a safety record in the best interest of all be established and preserved.


The primary objective is a safety and health program that will reduce the number of disabling injuries and illnesses to a minimum.  The safety and health program will include:

  1. conducting a program of safety and health inspections to find and eliminate unsafe working conditions or practices, to control health hazards, and to comply with local, state, and federal codes.  Inspections will be conducted by the Environmental/Safety Coordinator, by the Occupational Safety Committee, and by outside agencies, as required;
  2. training personnel in good safety and health practices, including job specific training, as necessary;
  3. providing necessary personal protective equipment, together with the training in its use, to enhance the mechanical and physical safety of the workplace;
  4. developing and enforcing safety and health rules, requiring that all affected personnel cooperate with these rules as a condition of employment; and
  5. investigating promptly and thoroughly occupational accidents to determine the cause and how to prevent a reoccurrence.


We recognize that the responsibilities for safety and health are shared by all members of the community.

The college accepts the responsibility for leadership of the safety and health program, for its effectiveness and improvement, and for providing the safeguards required to ensure safe conditions.

The Environmental Health and Safety Department is responsible for the training in and implementation of the college's environmental, safety, and health policy, program development, coordination, and compliance.  Department staff serve as liaison to all appropriate off-campus agencies and jurisdictions. 

The supervisors of work areas have been delegated a great deal of responsibility for the safety and health program.  A supervisor may be a department head, director, manager, administrator, or any other faculty or staff member who is in charge of one or more employees.  As representatives of the administration, they are delegated responsibility for carrying out the following objectives.  The acceptance of these duties, devotion to this task, and the safety attitude of supervisors will determine the success of the Reed College safety program.

Supervisors are expected to:

  • set the proper safety example;
  • assume the responsibility for employee safety;
  • enforce safety rules;
  • counsel and train employees in safe work practices;
  • conduct frequent safety inspections;
  • investigate and properly report all accidents in detail;
  • see that injured employees receive prompt medical attention;
  • respond to employees' concerns for safety in a positive manner; and
  • contribute safety ideas to Environmental Health and Safety.

The active interest and cooperation of each employee is vital to the success of the Reed College safety and health program.  Therefore, safety is the responsibility of each individual.  Employees are urged to make safe performance an essential element of every task.

Every employee will assume the following responsibilities for safety and health:

  • observe all safety and health rules and procedures;
  • report unsafe conditions and practices to the supervisor as soon as possible;
  • conduct work activities in a manner that will not endanger other people;
  • set an example for new employees;
  • undertake only those jobs you are authorized to do and that you understand;
  • make safety suggestions;
  •  report all injuries to your supervisor immediately;
  • wear personal protective equipment as needed;
  •  cooperate fully with supervisors in conducting investigations;
  • participate in early return to work programs following injury.

last revised: 1/26/2012

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