Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.40
Liaison Natalie Walker
Submission Date Feb. 21, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Pennsylvania
PA-14: Workplace Health and Safety

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.08 / 2.00 Madeline Schuh
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities and Real Estate Services
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Please enter data in the table below:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of recordable workplace injuries and occupational disease cases 120 143
Full-time equivalent of employees 17,354 16,710
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 July 1, 2013 June 30, 2014
Baseline Year July 1, 2016 June 30, 2017

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):

The 2014 baseline was adopted to correspond to Penn's CAP 2.0 baseline year of 2014.

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 Department of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety (EHRS) monitors and advises on health and safety matters on campus. EHRS regulates and sets standards for: radiation safety, laser safety, environmental programs, general lab safety, biological safety, emergencies, and general health and safety. Regulatory agencies perform unannounced inspections at Penn facilities and can be the result of reporting, investigation, records review, periodic visit, or many other reasons.

Members of the University of Pennsylvania community are accountable to:
• Consider possible environmental and safety impacts when making decisions, including those concerning facilities management and construction projects.
• Emphasize safety education and safe work practices to minimize injuries and illnesses.
• Recognize and respond to any legitimate community concerns about potential environmental health and radiation safety impacts.
• Provide appropriate and timely information to questions raised about environmental health and radiation safety issues.
• Use energy efficiently.
• Reuse and recycle materials when it makes environmental sense to do so.
• Comply with all environmental health and radiation safety laws and regulations, and the University of Pennsylvania Environmental Health and Radiation Safety (EHRS) Program.

Purpose of the EHRS Program is to:
• Provide a summary of the essential elements of each EHRS program.
• Serve as a practical guide to the Penn community on how EHRS programs are managed and how to follow procedures.
• Clarify the roles and responsibilities of Schools, departments and individuals with respect to EHRS activities.
• Serve as an easy-to-use reference tool that lists additional resources, including EHRS procedures, regulations, guidelines, and plans.
• Facilitate a process of continually improving and updating the University's EHRS programs through regular revisions to the Plan.

Scope of EHRS Program
The Environmental Health and Radiation Safety (EHRS) Program applies to all schools, departments and divisions of the University of Pennsylvania.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support 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 and complete the Data Inquiry Form.