Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 54.15
Liaison Leslie North
Submission Date March 3, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Western Kentucky University
PA-14: Workplace Health and Safety

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.04 / 2.00 Christian Ryan
Sustainability Coordinator
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Please enter data in the table below:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of recordable workplace injuries and occupational disease cases 41 60
Full-time equivalent of employees 2,450 2,453
Number of injuries and cases per FTE employee 0.02 0.02

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2016 Dec. 31, 2016
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2008 Dec. 31, 2008

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):

Workplace health and safety data has been recorded by WKU Environment, Health and Safety for many years, for many different purposes.

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 Environment, Health and Safety Department (EH&S) and Department of Facilities Management collaboratively maintain numerous Occupational Safety and Health programs to assure and enhance the safety and well being of our students, faculty and staff. Many such programs are required by various regulatory agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).
The following trainings are available for all university employees (and mandatory for Facilties Management staff (320-350 employees):

Asbestos Management Program
Bloodborne Pathogen - Exposure Control Plan
Chemical Hygiene Plan
Confined Space Entry Program
Hazard Communication Program
Hearing Conservation Program
Lockout / Tagout - Energy Control Plan
Respiratory Protection Program
Back Injury
Slips, Trips and Falls
Ladder Safety
Chemical Safety (MSDS)
Hepatitis B
Driver Responsibility
Stormwater Safety
Personal Protective Equipment
Asbestos Awareness Training
New Employee Safety Training
Radiation Safety Training
Fire Extinguisher Training
Global Harmonized System Training - hazardous and chemical substance training
Hazardous Waste Management
Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Training
Online Refresher Safety Training
"Shots Fired - On Campus"
Mold awareness training

Additionally, workspace ergonomics support is available for all employees.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Brandon Higgins, Workers Compensation Program Manager, provided the following information on reportable workplace injuries and occupational disease cases:
2013: 39
2014: 56
2015: 59
2016: 41
Information on training programs provided by David Oliver, Director of Environment, Health and Safety and Tim Salloum, Department of Facilities Management Training and Safety Manager.

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 or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.