University Human Resources
Part II: Responsibilities
- Use maximum care and good judgment in preventing accidents and injuries and seeking first aid.
- Report unsafe conditions, equipment, practices, and on the job injuries.
- Abide by all safety rules and regulations. Only a diligent effort on everyone’s part will prevent occupational injuries and illnesses. Occupational injuries and illnesses are caused by unsafe acts or conditions and can be prevented.
- Understand your supervisor’s instructions. If you do not know how to do the job safely, ask questions. Lack of attention is a major cause of accidents. Keep your mind on your work and avoid daydreaming or horseplay. A small joke with seemingly no possible harm can result in serious injury.
- Do not engage in tasks which you believe might be unsafe without consulting your supervisor. Know the limitations of personal protective equipment. Keep all equipment clean and operating properly.
- Observe all posted warning signs.
- Clean up the work area and equipment upon job completion.
- Before you start work on any electrical system or circuit, make a personal inspection to assure yourself that it is de-energized by checking all power sources. Observe and obey warning tags and out-of-service notices. (See Lockout & Tagout)
- Know the substances you work with which are hazardous or potentially hazardous. Review Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) on these substances, or contact your supervisor.
- The use of alcoholic beverages, intoxicants, or narcotics while you are scheduled for duty including formal callouts is prohibited. Being under the influence or possession of alcoholic beverages, intoxicants, or narcotics while on duty is forbidden. Anyone found to be under the influence of a controlled substance while on university property is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination.
- Employees have a duty to inform their supervisor when they are taking any medication which may affect their ability to perform the duties of their position in a safe manner. Under some circumstances, the supervisor may request verification of potential impairment. (See also Supervisor’s Responsibility Section 10.)