The University at Buffalo seeks to provide a safe, secure, and
healthy environment in which members of the university community
can achieve their educational, research, outreach, service, and
The University at Buffalo (UB, university) is committed to
maintaining a safe, secure, and healthy living, learning, and
working environment for all its constituents. Faculty, staff,
students, and other members of the university community must
conduct university operations in compliance with applicable
federal, state, and local laws and regulations, as well as
university health and safety policies and standards.
This policy affirms the UB commitment to safety and
environmental stewardship and outlines safety responsibilities and
training requirements to ensure individual and institutional
compliance with relevant environmental health and safety laws,
regulations, policies, and procedures.
At the university, safety is everyone’s responsibility.
All members of the university community should be thoroughly
familiar with their safety responsibilities, strive to follow
safety practices, act proactively to prevent accidents and
injuries, communicate hazards to supervisors, and be prepared for
emergencies that may occur in the workplace.
This policy applies to all members of the university community
including but not limited to faculty, staff, students, volunteers,
trainees, supplemental staff employed through contract agencies or
outside trade unions, vendors, guests, and visitors.
A microorganism (e.g., bacteria,
virus, fungi) capable of causing illness or disease.
An element, compound, or mixture that
poses a potential health threat to humans or the environment (e.g.,
poison, carcinogen, mutagen, asphyxiate, sensitizer, oxidizer,
corrosive, explosive, flammable).
Controls applied to reduce or manage
a hazard including process change, isolation, ventilation, and
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Equipment worn by an individual
(e.g., gloves, safety glasses, respirators) that is designed to
provide protection from a hazard.
Energy propagated over distance in
the form of electromagnetic waves or by the emission of subatomic
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