Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.99
Liaison Denice Koljonen
Submission Date Feb. 6, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Boston College
PA-14: Workplace Health and Safety

Status Score Responsible Party
1.02 / 2.00 Bruce Dixon
Sustainability and Energy Specialist
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Please enter data in the table below:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of recordable workplace injuries and occupational disease cases 53 66
Full-time equivalent of employees 3,883 3,648
Number of injuries and cases per FTE employee 0.01 0.02

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, 2014 Dec. 31, 2014

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):

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:

Environmental Health and Safety

Boston College is committed to providing a safe and healthy campus environment. Among its highest priorities are the health and safety of all faculty, staff, and students, the visiting public, and members of the neighboring community. In support of its commitment, the University has established an Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) within the Department of Public Safety in order to implement environmental and occupational health and safety programs and to ensure compliance with all relevant governmental laws and regulations.

Hazardous Waste Program
The Waste Management Program at Boston College oversees the collection and disposal of a number of waste streams from facilities, studios, residences, and laboratories. We manage regulated hazardous wastes — chemicals, oils, paints and paint thinners, pesticides, and cleaners. We also assist the generators in arranging for the disposal of biohazard and sharps wastes, photographic wastes, gas cylinders, and recyclable wastes such as batteries and electronic equipment.

Laboratory Safety
The purpose of Biological Safety is to contain and thereby reduce or eliminate the potential exposure of lab workers and the general public to potentially hazardous biological and infectious agents. Primary protection for lab workers is provided through the use of safety equipment and good microbiological techniques.

Boston College’s Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) meets twice annually. It oversees lab practices and approves protocols involving biohazards and recombinant DNA work before they begin.

Training Program
Boston College's goal is to create, maintain, and enhance a safe and healthful environment for all individuals associated with the institution, including students, faculty, employees, and visitors.

A training program was established to ensure compliance with all applicable environmental health and safety standards. The Office of Environmental Health & Safety provides health and safety training, information, and compliance assistance.

The employing department shall define which positions within their department require training and ensure that employees attend specified training. Employees are expected to attend all required training and observe established policies.

Fire Safety
The Boston College campus rests in the jurisdiction of two fire departments, Boston and Newton. As such, our programs are designed to meet the varied requirements of both.

To ensure compliance with federal, state, and local fire safety guidelines, as well as coordinate the education of the campus community on fire prevention, Boston College employes three Fire Safety Officers.

Each officer brings decades of experience to manage the University's fire safety efforts. Officers are charged with conducting fire safety inspections, educating about fire safety and extinguisher use, managing fire extinguisher maintenance, and ensuring compliance with all applicable fire safety programs, regulations, and codes.

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

Full-time equivalent of employees is a different calculation for this section than for IC3.

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