Date Established: 4/3/2001
Date Last Updated: 4/28/2016
Category: Health and Safety
Responsible Office: Environment, Health & Safety
Responsible Executive: Vice President for Finance and Administration
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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 employment goals.
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 source modifications.
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 particles.
Environment, Health & Safety Services
220 Winspear Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14215
|Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)||Review protocols for use of biohazardous materials pursuant to National Institute of Health guidelines|
|Labor Management Health and Safety Committee||Forum for discussion of health and safety issues between labor and management representatives pursuant to bargaining unit agreements|
|Radiation Safety Committee (RSC)||Oversee and review all users and protocols for use of radioactivity in campus labs (exclusive of the Biomedical Research Center (BMRC)) pursuant to DOH and DEC licenses|
|Mandatory Related Committees |
|Emergency Oversight Committee||Required by SUNY to review and implement the All Hazard Emergency Plan; perform risk assessments, and reduce risks where possible|
|Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)||Provide oversight of safe and humane use of animals in research|
|Institutional Review Board (IRB)||Provide oversight of human subjects research|
|Personal Safety Committee||SUNY Chancellor mandate to review and remediate issues of personal safety|
|Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) Taskforce||Oversee the appropriate use and training of Automatic External Defibrillator devices on UB campus|
|Building Emergency Planning Committees||Develop building fire prevention and evacuation plans|
|Department of Chemistry Safety Committee/Inspection||Promote lab safety in accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards|
|Facilities Indoor Air Quality Committee||Coordinate the investigation and remediation of indoor air quality concerns|
|Facilities Safety Committee||Coordinate the investigation and remediation of indoor air quality concerns|
|School of Engineering Safety Committee/Inspection Program||Promote lab safety in accordance with OSHA and EPA standards|
|Service Providers Committee||Plan for safety and security at campus special events|
|April 2016 ||Full review. Revised responsibilities and committees.|