All employees have the right to work in an environment that is free of recognized hazards that may cause death or serious physical harm. The role of the Occupational Safety section is to establish policies, practices and procedures that, when followed, reduce the risk to University of Tennessee employees of injury while performing their job duties. Environmental Health and Safety has implemented policies that reflect the current standard of care for safe job performance. Occupational safety staff monitors compliance through periodic job site and maintenance shop inspections. Staff members are available to consult on any occupational safety issue and regular training classes are provided to make sure all stakeholders have the latest information relevant to performing their jobs in a safe manner.
The objectives of the University of Tennessee Occupational Health and Safety Program are to:
- Identify potential hazards to health and safety at the University of Tennessee
- Prescribe suitable means for the evaluation and control of hazards;
- Investigate all accidents and institute corrective actions to prevent re-occurrence;
- Provide guidance for compliance with federal, state, and local regulations and make specific reference to such regulations where appropriate;
- Promote health and safety awareness among University faculty, staff, and students by developing and implementing effective training programs to minimize the impact of workplace hazards.