Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 84.41
Liaison Patrick McKee
Submission Date March 26, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Connecticut
PA-14: Workplace Health and Safety

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.83 / 2.00 Richard Miller
Ofice of Environmental Policy
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Please enter data in the table below:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of recordable workplace injuries and occupational disease cases 112 124
Full-time equivalent of employees 6,027.83 5,712
Number of injuries and cases per FTE employee 0.02 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):

2014 was the first year that a baseline year was formally established for data. What had been reported in STARS last year for 2014 was in error. Numbers were updated in consultation with UConn's EH&S Director and are more accurate.

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 health and safety policy was adopted in order to provide a safe and healthy environment for University facutly, staff, students and researchers. The health and safety policy outlines responsibilities and mandates compliance with all applicable federal, state, local, and University regulations, policies, and procedures conerncing workplace safety and public health. http://policy.uconn.edu/2011/05/19/health-and-safety-policy/

The vision of the Environmental Health and Safety department at the University is to promote and maintain a safe and healthful environment by ensuring the highest level of environmental health and safety services for faculty, staff, students, and visitors at the University of Connecticut. Their mission is to provide comprehensive environmental health and safety services for the University community by developing and administering effective policies and procedures that prevent personal injuries and maintain regulatory compliance in the areas of biological, chemical, occupational, and radiation safety, thereby supporting the University's mission of teaching, research, and public service. Their goals include the following:
• Ensure that all written policies, procedures, and training materials for applicable regulatory standards are established, current, and delivered to appropriate campus groups
• Maintain an up-to-date departmental web page to enhance access to health and safety policies, procedures, technical guidance documents, and compliance assistance information.
• Improve communications with the University community, and stress the importance of adhering to health and safety standards on a campus-wide basis.
• Promote the department's role as an environmental health and safety information resource ready to meet the needs of the campus community.

The policies and procedures EHS has developed in order to promote general, biological, chemical, and occupational health and safety, public health and food safety, and radiation safety are found here: http://www.ehs.uconn.edu/ppp/index.php

More information about the various committees that mandates the above policies and procedures, including the Environmental Health and Safety Committee, the Chemical Hygiene Committee, the Laser Safety Committee, the Radiation Safety Committee, and other related University committees, can be found here: http://www.ehs.uconn.edu/information/committees.php

Finally, the EHS requirements for construction, services, and maintenance contractors can be found here: http://www.ehs.uconn.edu/ppp/Contractor_EHS_Manual.pdf

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.