Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 25.45
Liaison Joseph Kantenbacher
Submission Date Jan. 30, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of South Dakota
PA-15: Workplace Health and Safety

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 2.00 Meredith King
Sustainability & Environment
"---" 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:

A brief description of the key components of the custom OHSMS:
The university uses a basic Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) program that is under federal OSHA standards. It lists the institution's goals, policies, hazards, and plan to meet their goals. The system includes a mobile elevator fall protection policy and protection from energized equipment. The university trains staff to control hazardous machines and provides proper equipment to be successful. USD also abides by an OSHA lab standard when dealing with chemicals in the chemistry labs. There is a chemical hygiene plan, exposure monitoring plan, and hazardous waste management plan. USD also has a fire impression system and annual fire drills to ensure preparedness. Staff and the public also have access to AED and CPR trainings through the Wellness Center.

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 :
Injured employees fill out a First Report of Injury Form (FROI) within three days of the incident that details how, when, and where they got hurt. It also records the status and severity of the injury. The employee's supervisor also fills out a form and reviews it to confirm the employee account. Both forms are then sent to the university's Safety Officer, Scott Pottorff, and the state capital. The state creates a worker's compensation claim number that the employee can use at the doctor and is recorded in the Human Resources department. The campus HR department also tracks the number of days away from work if an injury makes an employee temporarily unable to work. Lastly, there is a return to work program that ensures the employee and supervisor are on the same page until released from any restrictions from the doctor.

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:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
The number of annual work-related injuries is from 2021.

The number of annual work-related injuries is from 2021.

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