Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 77.18
Liaison Daimon Eklund
Submission Date Oct. 12, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Washington, Seattle
PA-14: Workplace Health and Safety

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.22 / 2.00 Claudia Frere-Anderson
UW Sustainability
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Please enter data in the table below:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of recordable workplace injuries and occupational disease cases 635 1,480
Full-time equivalent of employees 33,666 36,458
Number of injuries and cases per FTE employee 0.02 0.04

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2017 Dec. 31, 2017
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2005 Dec. 31, 2005

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 baseline year of 2005 was chosen since that was the first year that statistics were obtained using the present reporting method. Data are from OSHA Form 300A summaries provided to UW employees, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Washington State Department of Labor and Industries each year. Similar to previous years, the 2017 figure excludes Harborview Medical Center which is owned by King County.

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:
Many of the health and safety initiatives at the UW have direct employee input. Departmental safety teams, the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) and safety officers within the various university facilities continuously seek out employee input and ideas for maintaining a safe and healthful workplace.

A brief overview of the UW’s health and safety programs or initiatives with high employee participation includes the following:

• The UW formal Health and Safety Committee program encourages employees to be elected to one of the ten (10) committees representing UW departments, facilities and campuses, called “Organizational Health and Safety Committees.” Elected employees make up at least half of the membership of each committee and attend monthly meetings with appointed management representatives to discuss safety and health concerns, review accident reports, provide ideas for establishing safety initiatives, and to receive information about current safety and health inspections or activities, new safety policies and regulations, and status of on-going safety initiatives or issues which can be pertinent to the departments the members represent.
• The university-wide Health and Safety Committee consists of two representatives from each organizational committee, union representatives (who may be from an organizational committee), and representatives of other university organizations, such as the Faculty Senate. This committee also must have at least 50 percent of the members elected. The committee serves as a conduit for ideas and suggestions and health and safety information to flow up, down and across communication channels.
• Many departments, units or operations have Safety Teams, Safety Committees, and/or teams specific to a safety issue (such as patient lifting in the medical centers) consisting of management and employee representatives to work on specific safety and general safety concerns.
• Representatives of labor unions, SEIU, WFSE, WSNA, and UAW serve on many of the 11 committees comprising the UW’s formal Health and Safety Committee program. These representatives provide information, concerns and ideas for improving the safety of their membership.
• The UW maintains good relationships with regulatory agencies such as the State-Occupational Safety and Health Administration (administered by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, i.e. L&I), Department of Health (local and state), Department of Ecology (local and State), Department of Transportation, and others. On occasion, University of Washington operational staff have trained personnel from state departments on work procedures and the safety measures available. Representatives from some of these agencies have also been actively involved in consulting on a number of safety and health concerns. UW employees are very much involved in providing information during these consultations.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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