Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 45.35
Liaison Wesley Enterline
Submission Date April 22, 2015
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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
PA-12: Workplace Health and Safety

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.82 / 2.00 Wesley Enterline
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Planning and Management
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Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of reportable workplace injuries and occupational disease cases 21 23
Full-time equivalent of employees 1,221 1,119

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2014 Dec. 31, 2014
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012

A brief description of when and why the workplace health and safety baseline was adopted:

The reportable information was derived from our OSHA 300A Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses reports from the past 3 years. This was the most immediately relevant data. 2013 saw 17 reportable injuries out of 1,156 FTE employees.

While a baseline was not reported for our on-site dining contractor, they did report for FY2014 they only had 5 paid claims (and no out of work days) for 350 associates.

A brief description of the institution’s workplace health and safety initiatives:

Obviously it is our goal to have zero injuries. This means that the employees must be involved with the various safety programs that affect them in their area. We continuously try to keep the employees involved through their supervisors and managers. It must be a priority for their supervisor for it to be a priority for them. Training is a huge part of this and there is required training for certain areas/employees.

We also rely on the supervisors/managers to talk about safety on a regular basis and give the employees a chance to bring up safety issues. This constant communication allows for information to be addressed and improvements to be made. We are trying to get this to be the safety culture across campus. With this constant interaction, we hope to keep improving towards our goal.

Brief description of workplace health and safety initiatives including how workers are engaged in monitoring and advising on health and safety programs:

- Safety Committee: Comprised of three Full-Time Associates and one member of Management

- Safety Committee Meeting: The Safety Committee meets twice per semester. Associates bring forward issues such as need for personal protective gear, equipment in need of repair etc.

- Safety Training: Associates complete Annual safety orientation and participate in monthly safety training (HAZCOM, preventing slips and falls, cut prevention, hazard identification)

- Safety is No Accident Video for new hired Associates

- Pre-Shift Safety Point during pre-service meetings

- Weekly Safety Minders/ Safety Board: Safety notices and minders posted for Associates (winter driving safety for example)

- Associate Safety Pledge: Each year all Associates sign a pledge to abide by safe practices for colleagues, customers and themselves

- 24/5 Minute Training: Held once per week examples include chemical handling, handwashing

- Safety Suggestion Box: We have a safety suggestion box for Associates at our three major buildings

- Quarterly Safety Inspection: We perform a self-audited safety inspection once per quarter (January, April, July, October)

The website URL where information about the institution’s workplace health and safety initiatives is available:

The reportable information was derived from our OSHA 300A Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses reports from the past 3 years. This information is based on a calendar year.


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