Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.77
Liaison Nathanael Schildbach
Submission Date March 2, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Massachusetts Amherst
PA-14: Workplace Health and Safety

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.97 / 2.00 Ezra Small
Sustainability Manager
Physical Plant
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Please enter data in the table below:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of recordable workplace injuries and occupational disease cases 93 106
Full-time equivalent of employees 6,649 6,071.30
Number of injuries and cases per FTE employee 0.01 0.02

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2015 July 1, 2016
Baseline Year July 1, 2005 July 1, 2006

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):

2005-6 was the year prior to first year that Sondra S. the Physical Plant/EH&S Safety officer started working and when many of the safety initiatives were initiated.


Percentage reduction in workplace injuries and occupational disease cases per FTE employee from baseline:
19.89

Number of workplace injuries and occupational disease cases per 100 FTE employees, performance year:
1.40

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 University of Massachusetts Amherst Physical Plant Safety Office implements the campus EH&S policies, programs, and practices as applicable to Physical Plant operations, which include Utilities, Grounds, and Building Maintenance.
The primary elements of the Physical Plant program include:
(1) Training
(2) Inspections/ Audits
(3) Accident Prevention/ Investigation
We take a pro-active stance which includes heavy emphasis on hazard awareness & assessment, as well as worker participation in all three of the above elements.
Within these general initiatives we may have specific initiatives at any given time. These may be a campus- initiative, or part of a nation-wide (OSHA) campaign. In 2014 these included “Ladder Safety”, “Motor Vehicle Safety”, and “Working in Laboratories”.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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This data comes from EH&S/Physical plant Safety Officer. The performance year data is from FY16. Incident numbers do correlate with the number winter storms.

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