Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.93
Liaison Jim Dees
Submission Date April 19, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Appalachian State University
PA-14: Workplace Health and Safety

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.98 / 2.00
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Please enter data in the table below:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of recordable workplace injuries and occupational disease cases 50 71
Full-time equivalent of employees 2,701 2,737
Number of injuries and cases per FTE employee 0.02 0.03

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2017 Dec. 31, 2017
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2010 Dec. 31, 2010

A brief description of when and why the workplace health and safety baseline was adopted (e.g. in sustainability plans and policies or in the context of other reporting obligations):

Appalachian State has chosen 2010 for its workplace health and safety baseline year. This year was chosen because it is first year of implementation for the current accounting method. Although this change is minor and only relates to the method of filing (storing data on a spreadsheet) it provides a nature break and leans toward a consistency of data methodology seams logical.

Percentage reduction in workplace injuries and occupational disease cases per FTE employee from baseline:

Number of workplace injuries and occupational disease cases per 100 FTE employees, performance year:

A brief description of the institution’s workplace health and safety initiatives, including how workers are engaged in monitoring and advising on health and safety programs:

Appalachian State has an Office of Environmental Health, Safety & Emergency Management whose mission is to promote healthy, safe, and resilient operations on campus, to protect students, faculty, staff and visitors, and to protect the environment.

The office is staffed by six fulltime employees holding the following job titles:
• Director of Environmental Health, Safety, and Emergency Management
• Occupational Health Manager & University Industrial Hygienist
• Fire and Life Safety Manager
• Occupational Safety Manager
• Environmental Affairs Manager
• Emergency Planner

Among Appalachian's workplace health and safety initiatives is the Appalachian State University Occupational Safety & Health Committee. Its purpose is to encourage involvement of all faculty, staff and students both at the non-management and management level in the ongoing responsibility of providing a safe work and learning environment. Meetings are monthly.

Also available to students, faculty, staff and visitors is the Environmental Health, Safety& Emergency Management (EHS&EM) Office’s "Hazard Hero program" that can be used to help identify safety and health concerns on campus.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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