Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.89
Liaison Julie Newman
Submission Date Oct. 23, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
PA-14: Workplace Health and Safety

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.97 / 2.00 MIT Office of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Please enter data in the table below:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of recordable workplace injuries and occupational disease cases 179 237
Full-time equivalent of employees 17,490 19,885
Number of injuries and cases per FTE employee 0.01 0.01

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2016 Dec. 31, 2016
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):

MIT records and reports injuries and occupational diseases to OSHA on a calendar year basis. A baseline of CY2014 was selected for STARS reporting to align with MIT's greenhouse gas baseline year (FY2014).

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:

The Environment, Health, and Safety Office has implemented several key programs to reduce workplace incidents and ensure buy-in from principal investigators/faculty. An orientation program was created to ensure that these individuals were aware of various resources available on campus.
Beyond this program, major initiatives including the Working Alone Policy and the Machine Shop program sought to improve safety in light of a recent tragedy at Yale University. These policies brought together key stakeholders including the Environment, Health, and Safety Council and the Academic Council to improve safety while maintaining the ability to conduct cutting edge research. Furthermore, the EHS office has begun conducting a risk assessment of all labs on campus through the Comprehensive Laboratory Hazard Assessment. After a successful pilot program, this is being rolled out across the Institute.
To further understand future issues, the EHS office has also expanded its incident reporting system to include students and not just staff. This collaboration with MIT Medical has improved the visibility of recordable incidents so that they can be more easily addressed in the future.

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

The above figures are sourced from MIT's Environment, Health, and Safety Department (EHS), which is responsible for OSHA compliance processes. FTE totals in this section differ from those in other report areas for three reasons. First, OSHA protocol tallies FTEs using a different methodology. Second, these figures are captured at the end of the calendar year, rather than at the start of the academic year. Lastly, the institutional boundary is different. The FTE and incident totals reported here include MIT campus, Haystack, Bates, and Endicott (and exclude Lincoln Labs).

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 and complete the Data Inquiry Form.