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    The safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors is a principal consideration in every activity.

    The goal of the University Safety Program is to develop positive attitudes regarding safety among all members of the University community. It is essential that Deans, Directors, Department Heads, faculty and staff supervisors take an active part in initiating preventive measures to control hazards associated with activities under their direction. Safety is an integral part of all programs in which there is a risk of injury or health in the academic, research and service areas.

    The success of this program depends upon the cooperation and support of everyone.


    The environmental health and safety standards included in the following sections are furnished for the guidance of all University employees and students. Compliance with these standards may not, by itself, prevent injuries or diseases, but will substantially aid in providing a safe and healthful environment which is a fundamental prerequisite in controlling accidents and injuries. It is, therefore, of vital importance that supervisors become familiar with those sections and standards in this Manual that pertain to the operation(s) under their control.

    It should be understood that these are minimum standards that apply to all University operations, both on and off campus. Most are drawn from existing standards promulgated by either state or federal occupational safety and health regulation. The remainder are derived from various consensus standards published by nationally recognized private organizations such as: National Fire Protection Association, American National Standards Institute, American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, National Safety Council, and others.