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safety orientation
Safety Orientation

Washington State University


wsu tri cities eh s commitment
WSU Tri-Cities EH&S Commitment
  • Provide a safe work environment
  • Support the academic and research community with up to date health, safety, and environmental information relevant to higher education institutions
  • Provide regulatory compliance assistance
wsutc safety orientation training is required so that all employees can
WSUTC Safety Orientation Training is required so that all employees can
  • Know WSUTC safety procedures
  • Help maintain a safe working environment
  • Know where to find and how to use safety resources available on campus
safety orientation safety checklist
Safety OrientationSafety Checklist
  • Potential job hazards
  • Specific safety training required for your job
  • What to do in the event of emergencies
  • Who your safety committee representative is
  • How to report incidents
  • Where the closest first aid kit , fire exit, fire extinguisher, and AED are located.

On the first day of your employment, your supervisor should go over the “Safety Orientation Checklist” which covers :

safety orientation checklist
Safety Orientation Checklist

If you have not seen this checklist, let your supervisor know.

potential actual job hazards
Potential & Actual Job Hazards

With every job come safety hazards.

These may be:

  • Biological
  • Chemical
  • Electrical
  • Physical

Your supervisor should make you aware of the hazards specific to your job during your safety orientation

if you become aware of a new safety hazard in your job or on campus
If you become aware of a new safety hazard in your job, or on campus
  • Notify the appropriate person of hazard
    • Your immediate supervisor
    • The department responsible
  • Complete a Hazard Notification Form. It is available from
  • EH&S or your supervisor
hazards at wsutc

Statistically, the great majority of all injuries and time lost at WSUTC are due to ……..

Personal Work Habits


wsutc promotes personal work habit awareness and training
WSUTC Promotes Personal Work Habit Awareness and Training
  • Ergonomics
  • Proper lifting
  • Slip, trips & fall prevention
  • Training available online at:

  • Everyone at WSU-TC may download the ergonomic software “Stretchbreak” to their computer from 'Open' when prompted to do so. Press 'Ok' and 'Next' until the installation is finished.

  • This software interrupts work at specified intervals, and presents very short but effective exercises you can do at your desk in less than one minute. It is one of the most successful preventative measures against carpel tunnel syndrome and other repetitive motion injuries caused by computer use.
  • For ergonomic workstation assessments - Contact EH&S at 372-7163
  • WSU-TC requires ergonomics training for all employees.
proper lifting
Proper Lifting
  • Lifting posture is particularly important
  • Spread feet apart about shoulder width
  • Bend your knees
  • Tighten stomach muscles
  • Keep your head up, and chin out
  • Keep load close to the body
  • Lift slowly and evenly
  • Avoid twisting while lifting


preventing slips trips and falls
And Falls….

When climbing to reach something high,

Use proper equipment (not your swivel desk chair!) and have a spotter.

On Stairs

Eliminate clutter

Use handrails

Take one step at a time



On Wet Surfaces


  • Shorten stride


Reduce clutter

  • Wear shoes with traction


Keep view unobstructed


Weather Hazards

  • Wear sun glasses if bright



  • Wear proper footwear


Watch open file cabinet drawers

  • Wet shoes slip on a dry floor


No cables/cords on floor




Stepping on/off elevator

  • Clean up
  • Let people know

4. Watch for changing surfaces

Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls
job related safety training
Job-Related Safety Training
  • Your supervisor is responsible for safety related training. They can provide it or arrange for Environmental Health and Safety to teach a class.
  • Always let your supervisor, or EH&S know if you need additional training.
job related safety training15
Job-Related Safety Training

Examples of Specific Job Related Training

  • Driving Safety Training
  • Lockout Tag Out
  • Back Injury Protection
  • Hazardous Waste Generator Training
  • Laboratory Safety
  • Food Sanitation
  • Ergonomics
wsutc safety resources and information
WSUTC Safety Resources and Information
  • Safety Orientation

Checklist and training- (you are currently taking the training)

  • Accident Prevention Plan –

Your supervisor will show you the plan

  • Safety Bulletin Board

Located upstairs in the East hall across from room 254

wsutc safety program information
WSUTC Safety Program Information



Safety Manual

Safety Policy and Procedures Manual -online

  • Environmental Health, Safety and

Emergency Management 372-7163

wsu tc safety program campus resources
WSU-TC Safety ProgramCampus Resources
  • EH&S
  • Managers/Supervisors
  • Safety Committee
  • Purpose:
    • Discuss and resolve campus wide health & safety issues
    • Promote health and safety
  • Each department has a representative
who is responsible for safety at wsutc
Who is Responsible for Safety at WSUTC?


Chancellor and Vice Chancellors

Safety Committee

Managers, Supervisors



safety is the responsibility of the individual
Safety is the responsibility of the individual

Safety begins with you

  • use good safety sense
  • take advantage of training
  • use information from training to make good safety decisions
  • report suggestions or safety concerns to immediate supervisor
  • document reporting of any problems which cannot be immediately resolved
reporting and resolving safety problems at wsutc
Reporting and Resolving Safety Problems at WSUTC
  • Tell your supervisor
    • If your supervisor can’t resolve it;
  • Tell his/her supervisor
    • If they can’t resolve it;
  • Tell your safety committee representative
    • If they can’t resolve it;
  • Tell EH&S
    • If it’s still not resolved;
  • Tell a senior administrator
emergency services
Emergency Services

WSU Tri-Cities does not have full time security, fire, or first aid personnel. We depend on these services from the City of Richland. If you need an ambulance, a fire truck, or a policeman….

CALL 911

basic emergency information

 When you CALL 911

  • State the nature of the problem
  • State your location
    • East/West – 2710 University Dr.
    • BSEL – 2720 University Dr.
    • CIC – 2770 University Dr.
  • Tell the dispatcher where you will meet emergency responders
  • Follow all instructions from the dispatcher
non emergency assistance
Non-Emergency Assistance
  • WSUTC provides a Point of Contact (POC) available to help you whenever urgent, non-emergency assistance is required
    • Dial 2-7234 (cell phone 372-7234); or
    • Use the red “Emergency” button on one of the blue Emergency Call Stations if you have no other means of calling
  • This number is not to be used instead of 911
  • Use POC to report/request
    • After hours lock-out assistance
    • Building maintenance emergencies (e.g. water leaks, day or night)
    • Emergencies you have called 911 to report
      • 911 does not call WSUTC – Calling the POC after notifying 911 alerts WSUTC staff that an incident has occurred which requires immediate action
security and safety tips
Security and Safety Tips
  • Report any suspicious activities or incidents to campus point of contact 2-7234
  • When possible, work during regular campus business hours
  • If you plan to work outside regular campus business hours let someone know where you are and when you expect to return
fires chemical spills biohazard releases
Fires Chemical SpillsBiohazard Releases
  • Evacuate the hazard area
  • Activate building alarm by using nearest Pull Station
  • Warn and assist others as you evacuate
  • Go to your primary assembly area
  • Stand by for instructions from WSUTC and emergency response officials
building evacuations
Building Evacuations
  • Before the alarm sounds, know your
    • Evacuation Route (posted in classrooms and hallways)
    • Staging Area (Your supervisor will tell you where this is)
    • Staging Area Supervisor (Person wearing a safety vest at your staging area)
  • Take personal belongings such as car keys, purses, and backpacks
  • Close your door
  • Report to your staging area
at the staging area
At the Staging Area
  • Report to your supervisor or Staging Area Supervisor
  • Establish accountability for your students and/or staff
  • Follow the directions of emergency response and WSUTC officials
  • Do not leave until relased
medical emergency call 911
Medical EmergencyCALL 911
  • Unconsciousness (even if the victim recovers) or marked disorientation
  • Severe injury and/or uncontrolled bleeding
  • Acute abdominal or chest pain
  • Administer First Aid until help arrives if you feel qualified
      • First aid kits and AEDs are available at many locations throughout campus
      • First aid/CPR training is provided for interested employees and required for supervisors
shelter in place
Shelter In Place

In the unlikely event of an any of the incidents listed below, you will be asked to “shelter in place,” or remain where you are until assistance arrives:

  • Weather or other natural conditions which make driving in the local area too dangerous (as determined by state and local transportation officials)
    • The local area occasionally experiences icy road conditions which make travel inadvisable. You may wish to keep a small “survival kit” in your workplace. Diabetics and others with medical conditions should be especially mindful of this during winter months.
  • Off site hazardous materials release which makes evacuation more hazardous than staying where you are
  • Acts of violence such as riot or shooting
    • If you are in a room, stay there. If not, move into the nearest room available
    • Close and lock or block all doors if possible
    • Turn off lights
    • Remain quiet and still as possible
    • Stay away from doors and windows
    • If possible, position yourself so you are not visible through windows
after the emergency
After the Emergency

Complete an Accident Report Form

  • Go to the WSUTC “A-Z Index”
  • Click on the “Accident Report” link
  • Log in using your normal WSU network ID and password
  • Follow the on-screen instructions
  • Notify your supervisor or if your supervisor is not available notify EH&S (372-7163)
evening and weekend evacuation
Evening and Weekend Evacuation
  • Direct your students to the appropriate staging area
  • Account for your students
    • You may release students after they are accounted for
  • There are no staging area supervisors in the evenings or on weekends
  • So long as it is safe to do so, stay at the staging area until released by emergency response officials
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