Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.05
Liaison Jessica Thompson
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2023

STARS v2.2

Northern Michigan University
PA-15: Workplace Health and Safety

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 2.00 Jessica Thompson
Professor/SAC Co-Chair
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Does the institution have an occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS)?:

Does the system use a nationally or internationally recognized standard or guideline?:

The nationally or internationally recognized OHSMS standard or guideline used:

A brief description of the key components of the custom OHSMS:

NMU consults with the Consultation Education and Training (CET) division of Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) as well as the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Both MIOSHA and the DEQ perform on-site audits, announced and unannounced, and issue violations for failing to meet their safety standards, which may come with steep fines.

NMU Police Department also provides workplace safety training to give employees the knowledge and skills to recognize safety hazards, understand safe practices and expectations, prevent injuries, and protect equipment. NMU employees are taught proper techniques and the importance of performing various tasks safely to protect themselves against any hazardous situations.

The NMU Police Department annually requests hazardous chemical inventory lists from each NMU department on campus. A hazardous chemical is defined as a chemical that is a health hazard or physical hazard. It also include items such as paint, paint solvents, bulk cleaning chemicals, dyes and inks. The NMU Police Department ensures Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) for all hazardous chemicals are available at Public Safety and Police Services or on their website using MSDS Online.

Employee safety also includes zero tolerance of workplace violence, aggression and intimidation, as well as discrimination or harassment of any type.

Relevant websites:

Annual number of recordable incidents of work-related injury or ill health:

Full-time equivalent of employees:

Full-time equivalent of workers who are not employees, but whose work and/or workplace is controlled by the institution:

A brief description of the methodology used to track and calculate the number of recordable incidents of work-related injury or ill health :

NMU has an online incident reporting system where employees can record any incidents of work-related injury or ill health. Here is the webpage with the link to this online reporting system. https://nmu.edu/safetydepartment/incident-and-near-miss-reporting

There were 34 cases reported in 2021, and 44 injuries reported.

Annual number of recordable incidents of work-related injury or ill health per 100 FTE employees:

Website URL where information about the occupational health and safety program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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