Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 86.09
Liaison Jennifer Andrews
Submission Date Aug. 16, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of New Hampshire
PA-15: Workplace Health and Safety

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 2.00 Brad Manning
Director
Environmental Health & Safety
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution have an occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS)?:
Yes

Does the system use a nationally or internationally recognized standard or guideline?:
No

The nationally or internationally recognized OHSMS standard or guideline used:
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A brief description of the key components of the custom OHSMS:

As part of our mission at UNH we have thirteen Occupational Health and Safety (H&S) programs that have been developed and implemented based on recognized hazards. Each program outlines responsibilities for impacted departments and policies and procedures to control the hazards.

To engage workers we continually provide training to impacted departments, we have recently implemented a safety “tool box” talk program that allows us to discuss key safety issues/programs with Facilities on a monthly basis, we are regularly on campus to observe employee practices and behavior, and we have an open door policy to which anyone is welcome to contact us in regards to any EH&S issue and/or question.

We audit each of the 13 Occupational H&S programs annually. Below is the schedule for annual review:
1. Respiratory Protection - March
2. Hearing Conservation - September
3. Lockout/Tagout - June
4. Hot Work Permit - July
5. Confined Space Entry - August
6. Fall Protection - October
7. ACM O&M Program - April
8. Caulking Mgt. Program - November
9. Hazard Communication - May
10. Indoor Air Quaity Management Plan - March
11. Powered Industrial Trucks - August
12. Aerial Lift Safety Program - October
13. Crane & Hoist Safety Program - May

We meet with impacted departments to discuss the program and review to ensure any regulatory changes are addressed.

Additional programs, which all have their own schedules for assessment and review, include:

Bloodborne Pathogen and Control
Chemical Hygiene/Laboratory Safety
Radiation and Laser Safety
Hazardous Waste Management

The University of New Hampshire is firmly committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for all of its employees. To help achieve this goal, UNH has created an Occupational Safety Committee (OSC) to ensure that all students, faculty, staff, and visitors are provided a safe environment on campus. This committee serves as an advisory group concerned with safety, health, and environmental protection. Its purpose is to assist in the identification and control of workplace hazards. The OSC meets on a quarterly basis. The Committee makes recommendations to the UNH Environmental Health and Safety Committee for addressing hazards and improving safety.


Annual number of recordable incidents of work-related injury or ill health:
136

Full-time equivalent of employees:
2,930

Full-time equivalent of workers who are not employees, but whose work and/or workplace is controlled by the institution:
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A brief description of the methodology used to track and calculate the number of recordable incidents of work-related injury or ill health :

All employees are trained that all workplace injuries and illnesses, regardless of severity, are required to be reported within 24 hours, using
UNH's Accident/Injury/Illness Report form.

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety is responsible for compiling that data, including it in its Annual Report to the USNH, and reporting to the State Department of Labor per regulatory requirements. See https://www.unh.edu/research/resources/all?combine=Annual%20Report&resource_type=All&field_resource_category_tid=105&field_resource_topic_tid=All.


Annual number of recordable incidents of work-related injury or ill health per 100 FTE employees:
4.64

Website URL where information about the occupational health and safety program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The above data are for FY19. The number of employee FTEs therefore differs from the data in PRE-5, which reflects the most recent year (FY21).

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