Occupational Safety

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The Safety Department recognizes that the students and employees of Ohio University are the university's greatest assets and the safety of these students and employees is our greatest concern. Issues that are dealt with range from, but are not limited to: Fall protection, incident investigations, vehicle safety, the locking and tagging out of energized equipment, vessels and confined spaces.

The Safety Department does not provide O.S.H.A. 10-hour training or O.S.H.A. construction training. Please contact safety@ohio.edu with questions.

Electrical Safety

Some employees work with electricity directly, such as electricians, engineers, or people who do wiring, such as overhead lines, cable harnesses, or circuit assemblies. Others, such as office workers and salespeople, work with it indirectly. OSHA standards work to minimize potential hazards by specifying design characteristics of safety in use of electrical equipment and systems.

Safety-related work practices

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Fire Protection

Fire safety is very important. Employers must provide proper exits, fire fighting equipment, and employee training to prevent fire deaths and injuries in the workplace.

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General Environmental Control

Workers should be aware of potential hazards in their surrounding environment and work to protect themselves from unnecessary injuries or fatalities.

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Hand & Portable Power Tools

Tools are a common part in our lives, but we must remember that they can also pose hazards. Employees that use hand and power tools may be exposed to hazards of falling, flying, abrasive, and splashing objects, or to harmful dusts, fumes, mists, vapors, or gases, and must be provided with the appropriate personal protective equipment.

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Machinery & Machine Guarding

Any mechanical motion that threatens a worker's safety should not remain unguarded. Safeguards are essential for protecting workers from needless and preventable injuries.

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Means of Egress

Egress is defined as a place or means of going out. Means of egress involve requirements for providing and marking access to exits, and exit discharge for occupants in buildings.

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Personal Protective Equipment

Selecting proper personal protective equipment for a job is important to provide for employee safety and health in the workplace. Personal protective equipment includes all clothing and other work accessories designed to create a barrier against workplace hazards. Employees must understand how to wear and maintain PPE in order to avoid hazard exposure.

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Walking & Working Surfaces

The majority of general industry accidents occur from slips, trips, and falls. Employees must be trained and equipped to prevent injuries associated with these hazards.

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