SUPERCEDED Ohio University Policy and Procedure

Environmental Health and Safety Code

SUPERCEDED on January 6, 2004

Current Version




Procedure No.:   44.115

Page No.:        1,2,3,4 and 5 of 5

Date Issued:     11/02/94

Issued By:       Gary North



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PURPOSE:

The purpose of the Environmental Health and Safety Code is to establish standards that are considered necessary for the reasonable protection of the health and safety of University students, staff, and visitors whenever they may be participating in an officially recognized campus activity, and to designate Environmental Health and Safety as the official agency of the University responsible for the inspection and enforcement of all provisions of the Environmental Health and Safety Code.


POLICY:

It is the policy of Ohio University to establish safeguards and procedures in the following areas.

  1. Water Supplies

All water supplies for human consumption, domestic or culinary purposes, by recognized University groups participating in official University activities, shall meet the standards of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Environmental Protection Agency drinking water standards.

  • Plumbing
  • All plumbing in University occupied buildings and related housing such as fraternities and sororities shall be installed, maintained and operated in accordance with the requirements of the Ohio Department of Health Plumbing Code as administered by the Ohio Department of Health.

  • Sewerage, Sewage and Industrial Wastes
  • All waste water, including domestic and industrial wastes, originating on University grounds or buildings shall be collected, conveyed, treated and disposed of in accordance with the standards of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and United States Environmental Protection Agency.

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  • Food, Food Handling, Food Processing and Distribution
  • All food service facilities, owned or operated by the University, by an officially recognized University group or by an outside vendor, shall be constructed, maintained and operated in accordance with the requirements of the State of Ohio Food Service Law and Ohio Department of Health Rules. Those groups exempt from the Law and Rules shall meet the requirements of Environmental Health and Safety.


  • Student Housing
  • All student housing, including residence halls and apartments owned by the University, fraternities and sororities is to be approved in accordance with accepted standards for safety and sanitation. Compliance with such minimum standards as may be designated shall be a requirement for approval of student housing by the proper authorities of the University.

  • University Building Sanitation
  • Standards of safety and sanitation for University owned or occupied buildings may be established. Measures and methods to reduce or eliminate vermin of public health significance or causing personal injury may be established by Environmental Health and Safety.

  • Swimming Pools, Bathing Places
  • Swimming pools and bathing places owned or operated by the University shall be constructed, operated and maintained in accordance with the Ohio Department of Health Rules.

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  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Health and safety standards for work place operations will be maintained for all shops, laboratories, offices and other University owned or operated worksites and facilities to prevent occupational illness and accidents. Compliance with all governmental regulations, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA); U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA); Ohio EPA; State of Ohio, Division of Industrial Relations, Public Employee Program and others will be maintained. Emerging issues such as indoor air quality, ergonomics, lead and similar concerns will be addressed under this program.

  • Lighting, Heating, Ventilation
  • Standards for adequate lighting, heating, and ventilation of University owned or operated buildings, or buildings owned or operated by other individuals specifically for use by University students or staff will be established.

  • Accident Prevention
  • Standards for the general safety of all students, faculty, staff and the public can be established to prevent injury on campus, in buildings, athletic facilities, temporary events and places of public assembly.

  • Radiological Health
  • Standards for the protection of students, faculty and staff from the potential hazards of all forms of ionizing radiation shall be established. The standards of personnel protection and environmental control of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Ohio Department of Health and such federal agency regulations as seen applicable to Ohio University.

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  • Hazardous Materials/Waste Management
  • Standards for the protection of students, faculty, staff and public from the potential hazards of all forms of hazardous materials/ waste may be established. The standards of personal protection and environmental control shall be in accordance with all federal, state and local laws, codes, regulations and rules that address the subject matter. Primarily the following agencies have enforcement authority: United States Environmental Protection Agency, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Ohio Department of Health, United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, United States Department of Transportation, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, State of Ohio Division of Industrial Relations, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations and the Ohio Highway Patrol.

  • Fire Prevention/Life Safety
  • All University facilities will maintain life safety standards as promulgated by the Ohio Fire Code, Ohio Building Code and other applicable codes that may be established. In addition to code compliance, a fire safety education program will be maintained to increase fire safety awareness, and reduce the incidence of fire emergencies.

  • Biosafety and Infectious Waste
  • Standards and regulations for the control of biological hazards will be adopted to assure safe handling of biological agents and infectious waste in research, medical and other operations. Compliance with the guidelines and regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), Ohio EPA, Center for Disease Control (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Cancer Institute (NCI) and other appropriate agencies will be maintained.

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  • Facility Design
  • Plans for new or renovated facilities, such as buildings, laboratories and other structures, will be reviewed in cooperation with other University Departments. Recommendations will be presented in order to provide safe and healthful facilities and to maintain regulatory compliance with building, fire, environmental, health and safety codes.

  • Workers' Compensation/Occupational Health
  • Manage all workers' compensation claims as it relates to the University's occupational injuries and illnesses. Document minimum job activity requirements for individuals as specified in Ohio University Policy &;Procedure Manual. As indicated, direct occupational injured employees to workers' compensation rehabilitation program.

    In addition, an Environmental Health and Safety Committee shall have the responsibility for approving such Rules and Regulations as may be considered necessary to provide for the protection of health and safety of University students and staff. The Committee will function on an ad-hoc basis and meetings will be called as needed. Such Rules and Regulations shall be submitted to the President through regular University organization channels and, when approved, shall become a part of the Environmental Health and Safety Code.


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    Dick Piccard revised this file (http://www.ohiou.edu/policy/s44-115.html) on January 6, 2004.

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