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Part I: Introduction
Unsafe Working Conditions

  1. Whenever a dangerous working condition exists that requires immediate corrective action, the employee(s) should notify their supervisor at once. The supervisor shall take immediate action to correct the hazard. If corrective action is not taken immediately by the supervisor, the employee(s) should notify the Dean or Director of the supervisor. The Dean or Director shall take immediate action to correct the hazard. If corrective action is not taken immediately by the Dean or Director, the employee(s) should notify the Joint Safety Committee (by contacting University Human Resource Services at 856-6047).
  2. The Joint Safety Committee shall investigate the alleged dangerous condition and render a decision within two (2) working days on the corrective action to be taken. In the case of an impasse the matter shall be submitted to the Director of Environmental Health & Safety for resolution.
  3. Where a working condition is thought to be unsafe, or potentially unsafe, but does not require immediate corrective action, the following procedure shall be used:
    1. The employee(s) should fill out Service Maintenance Unsafe Working Conditions Form (PDF), being as detailed and specific as possible. The employee(s) should note the location and cause of the unsafe condition and the actions which should be taken to correct the condition. The employee(s) should then give the Form to the immediate supervisor. The supervisor shall have three (3) working days to investigate the matter and take whatever corrective action, if any, needs to be taken.
    2. If the employee(s) disagree(s) with the action taken by the supervisor, or if no action is taken, the employee(s) shall have two (2) working days to appeal to the Dean or Director of the supervisor. The Dean or Director shall have five (5) working days to investigate the matter and take whatever corrective action, if any, needs to be taken.
    3. If the employee(s) disagree(s) with the action taken by the Dean or Director, or if no action is taken, the employee(s) shall have two (2) working days to appeal to the Joint Safety committee. The Joint Safety Committee shall have five (5) working days to meet and investigate the matter and take whatever corrective action, if any, needs to be taken. The Joint Safety Committee shall respond in writing to all complaints brought to its attention.
  4. An employee or group of employees who refuse a work assignment because of a reasonable belief that to perform such work would endanger his/her physical safety beyond the normal hazards of the occupation or violates governmental safety standards should use the expedited complaint procedure set forth in Section 1. above. Employees, including the employee or employees who refused the work assignment, shall not be required to resume the disputed work until either the alleged hazard is corrected, the complaint process is completed or a determination has been made by a qualified person stating the work is not unsafe or dangerous.

    No employee who refuses to perform work in accordance with this section shall be disciplined or retaliated against or lose the right to perform the work once the hazardous condition has been corrected.

Pending the decision by the university concerning the work in question or the removal of the hazardous conditions, such employees may be assigned to any other work that is available, without loss of pay.

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