Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.22
Liaison Olivia Wiebe
Submission Date Jan. 28, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Idaho
PA-15: Workplace Health and Safety

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.15 / 2.00 Samir Shahat
University Safety Officer & Executive Director
Environmental Health and Safety
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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:
The state of Idaho is regulated by the Idaho Industrial Commission and the Idaho General Safety and Health Standards that follows OSHA’s recommended Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines. See more in notes

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

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 :

The prompt reporting of injuries or illnesses related to university employment or activities is essential to ensure that the person(s) involved have received the proper medical care, the situation causing the injury or illness has been identified, and the appropriate documentation has been completed. Prompt reporting allows university personnel to investigate the causes of these injuries or illnesses and to recommend preventive measures to eliminate or minimize the risk of similar occurrences.

· Accident/Incident Report is completed and automatically sent to EHS

· EHS responds to each accident/Incident, typically within 24 hours.

· Workers Compensation First Report of Injury (FROI) is filed if medical attention was sought, or time lost.

· Workers Compensation documentation is handled through the University of Idaho's third-party administrator (TPA) in Boise, ID. Tristar is the university's workers compensation claims adjuster and manages claims and workers compensation payments for medical care and lost time.

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:


National guidelines continued:
The state of Idaho is regulated by the Idaho Industrial Commission and the Idaho General Safety and Health Standards that follows OSHA’s recommended Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines. Idaho State Department of Building Safety inspects the University’s facilities annually for compliance with the state safety standards.

The University of Idaho implements these values/standards with the following programs:

University Safety and Loss Control Committee (USLCC) is a university-level, standing committee of the university faculty and staff.

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Team- EHS is dedicated to promoting and supporting the university's culture of safety and efforts to protect human health, safety, and the environment. We exist to facilitate a safe learning and working environment by:

§ Minimizing accidents and injuries

§ Raising awareness through education

§ Providing technical support and compliance assistance

§ Recognizing and mitigating hazards

§ Reducing potential liabilities

Unit Safety Committees- each unit has a safety committee composed of employees and/or management personnel to encourage a culture of safety and culture of questioning for safe practice of daily operations, reduce the incidence of injuries and illness in the workplace, work as a team to develop and implement protocols that will improve safety in the working environment; and act as a tool for communicating safety information to all employees. These committees work with EHS staff and follow EHS programs and protocols.

Hazard Identification and Assessments- EHS encourages and trains all supervisors to use Job Hazard Analysis to be used as a tool by community as a systematic process for identifying hazards related to a specific job task and determining the best way to perform the task to eliminate or reduce those hazards.

Employee Training- Safety Matters and Fire Safety in the Workplace required of all employees. In addition, safety training is provided by 7 safety programs: Environmental Compliance, Fire Safety, Hazardous materials and Waste, Industrial Hygiene, Laboratory Safety, Occupational Safety, and Radiation Safety. All safety training is provided for faculty, staff and students free of charge.

Reporting Safety Concerns and Accident/Incident Reports: EHS provides a reporting submission system that allows for anonymous submission of safety concerns and an effective way to submit accident/incident claims.

Evaluation and improvement of programs: Employees participate in continuous improvement efforts, attend training, and engage in the safety culture frequently. EHS staff continuously review and update the safety programs, attend safety professionals training, and implement new ways to engage the workforce in the safety culture.

Data sources:

Charlene Ewart, Occupational Safety Specialist, Environmental Health and Safety

Baseline year FTE and Affiliate Data: Wesley McClintick, IR Coordinator & Senior Analyst, Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation

Tristar Contact: John Kralovec, Claims Supervisor TRISTAR Risk Management Office: 208-388-8768 Ext. 3703 Fax: 208-388-8734 John.Kralovec@tristargroup.net

Document to support submission:


Websites related to OHS programs:

Environmental Health and Safety (www.uidaho.edu/safety)


APM Chapter 35: Environmental Health and Safety (https://www.uidaho.edu/governance/policy/policies/apm/35)

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