|Submission Date||March 5, 2021|
University of St. Thomas
PA-15: Workplace Health and Safety
|1.58 / 2.00||
Director of Environmental Health and Safety
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 has documented policies for injury reporting and review, safety committees in high risk environments such as laboratories and facilities management, procedures for reporting and resolving safety issues, and documented regular inspections of facilities and operations. The University has implemented an on-line environmental learning management systems to deliver and document EH&S training for all employees. We have implemented documented risk assessment protocols and procedures for all laboratory operations. The University has an Environmental Health and Safety Policy Statement and maintains detailed manuals for Employee Safety, Laboratory Safety and Chemical Hygiene.
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 :
All occupational injuries and illness are reported directly to the University's human resources/benefits department on a standardized on-line injury and illness reporting form. The form is filled out jointly by the affected employee and their supervisor. The supervisor is responsible for filing the report promptly with HR. Copies of the injury reports automatically go to our EH&S department and the employees' line management. HR maintains the OSHA 300 log with advice from our EH&S department and our workers' compensation consultant. The injury log is reviewed and certified at the end of each calendar year prior to posting and reporting our log.
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 on the number of recordable injuries come from the university's OSHA Form 300A logs. The University's OSHA log includes both full-time/part-time staff as well as student employees. To be consistent with the University's OSHA reporting of injuries, we have provided in this credit an estimated full-time equivalent of employees that includes student employees listed in the OSHA log. As a result, the full-time equivalent figure in this credit is not consistent with the employee FTE figure reported in PRE-5, which does not include student employees. Data provided for this credit are for calendar year 2019.