Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 81.67
Liaison Mark Lichtenstein
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
PA-14: Workplace Health and Safety

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.07 / 2.00 Marcia Barber
Director of Human Resources
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 5 7
Full-time equivalent of employees 499 535
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, 2018 Dec. 31, 2018
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2012 Dec. 30, 2012

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):

ESF began earnest creation of safety and health plans in 1990 in response to directly observed needs and government regulations. Plan updates occur annually and new plans are created as required by observed need or regulation. The Joint Labor/ Management Committee was established around the 2001 timeframe. The baseline year of 2012 was established considering all these prior occurrences, and in order to complete the STARS application.

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:

Workplace health and safety initiatives include lab safety, hot work, boating safety, confined space entry, biosafety, research animal handling and care, fire safety, CPR/AED, and many other programs. Small group trainings are conducted approximately 20 times per year. There exists a Joint Labor/Management Committee meeting annually or as needed to review the effectiveness of current policies and efforts and recommend adjustments.


A. All laboratory personnel shall:

- Have access to a copy of the Laboratory Safety Guide/Chemical Hygiene Program
- Be informed of OSHA standard 1910.1450, occupational exposure to hazardous chemicals in laboratories
- Receive information about Permissible Exposure Limits (PEL) and symptoms of exposure for any regulated chemicals to which they are exposed

B. Laboratory Directors shall:

- Review the Laboratory Safety Guide/Chemical Hygiene Program with their laboratory personnel
- Arrange for any additional information or specific training for their laboratory personnel
- Contact the Chemical Hygiene Officer for assistance as needed

C. Training shall be conducted:

- When personnel are first assigned to a laboratory
- When new hazardous chemicals or procedures are introduced into a laboratory
- At least annually
- In compliance with 29CFR 1910.1200 (e)

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.