Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.55
Liaison Susan Powers
Submission Date Feb. 22, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Clarkson University
PA-14: Workplace Health and Safety

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.10 / 2.00 Erica Arnold
Environmental Health & Safety Manager / Radiation Safety Officer
Human Resources
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Please enter data in the table below:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of recordable workplace injuries and occupational disease cases 43 26
Full-time equivalent of employees 797 625
Number of injuries and cases per FTE employee 0.05 0.04

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2017 June 30, 2018
Baseline Year July 1, 2007 June 30, 2008

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):

Although FY2005 was used as the baseline for all STARS categories per requirements for previous STARS submission, we do not have these data for FY05. Thus, we used the oldest data we have, which are from FY08.
Note: our attention to safety has increased substantially since the 2008 baseline. An aspect of the apparent increase in workplace injuries is due to increased reporting, not necessarily more injuries.

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:

There is a multitude of work and non-work related factors that influence a worker’s total health, including those related to safety. One of Clarkson's safety initiatives includes Ergonomic Awareness (or the scientific study people’s efficiency in their work environment) with the goal of reducing stress and eliminating injuries and disorders associated with the overuse of muscles, bad posture and repetitive tasks. This is accomplished by designing tasks, work spaces, controls, displays, tools, lighting and equipment to fit the employee´s physical capabilities and limitations (NIOSH). Fire Safety & Prevention: In 2011, there were 3,005 deaths, 17,500 injuries and $11,659 million dollars in losses as a result of 1,389,500 fires (NFPA). Fire deaths and injuries are preventable, therefore Clarkson trains students and employees in general fire safety precautions every semester (via fire drills) to help create a safer and more secure living and work environment for everyone. The entire campus is audited according to stringent standards associated with fire and workplace safety on an annual basis. CPR & First Aid Training is made available through one of several American Heart Association courses on CPR and first aid every semester. Clarkson University, like any other community, is vulnerable to a wide range of natural and man-made hazards. The University has a number of Emergency Preparedness programs in place to help prevent as well as respond to emergencies. All Safer and Healthier initiative events can be found on the Clarkson University Events Calendar.

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

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.