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About

It is the policy of Hope College to provide a safe and healthy work environment for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

This Occupational Health and Fire Safety web site has been prepared in an effort to prevent injuries, illnesses, and death from work related causes and to minimize losses of material resources and interruptions from accidental occurrences. It is directed toward the control of all types of hazards encountered in the performance of official duties though information, education, and training.

This safety web site is a part of a continuing program for providing safety information to personnel. We all share in the responsibility for the health and safety of our employees, students, contractors, and visitors. Use this site as a guide in working safely in your workplace.

Purpose

  • The purpose of the Hope College Occupational Health and Safety web site is to provide employees with general guidelines for implementing a high quality safety program. It is not an exhaustive source document but rather an approach to safety.
  • The site brings together information that will assist employees and supervisors carry out their responsibility in ensuring a safe environment at Hope College for visitors, students, contractors, and employees.
  • All personnel should read this manual and conduct their work accordingly.

Scope

  • The information and requirements given on this site are applicable to all areas of the college and represent only general minimum standards. They do not substitute for special operation manuals used in certain buildings or laboratories to meet specific situations. This manual will serve as a basis to which supervisors shall add safety measures relevant to their laboratory or work operations.
  • It must be emphasized that this is an in-house manual. The procedures and requirements are established based on the facilities and resources available at the college.
  • The Hope College Occupational Health and Safety Manual contains the objectives, policies, standards, and procedures that pertain to all employees. Specific responsibilities, administrative procedures, and operational requirements are described that are relevant to work and safety and the prevention of work-acquired illnesses. It replaces all previously issued memorandums concerning safety that had general distribution and all Hope College guides on Safety Management.

Format and Organization of site

  • The site in its online hypertext format will accommodate additions and will facilitate revisions of relevant sections to reflect organizational changes and updates as knowledge on hazard control accumulates. Change is ongoing in most fields of academic and legislative endeavor.
  • As regulations are promulgated by CDC, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), this online manual will be updated.
  • Appendixes specific to a Chapter are contained at the end of the Chapter and identified with a prefix A

Development, Maintenance, and Revision Process

  • All materials in this manual have been developed and maintained under the supervision of the Office of Occupational Health and Fire Safe