Chapter 4

ARTICLE XVIII. Safety of Life and Property

The Department of Occupational & Environmental Safety (DOES) and the Office of Risk Management & Insurance have a number of important areas of responsibility, which are described below.

Sec. A. Occupational Injury and Illness

Occupational injuries or illness requiring more than first aid treatment must be reported. The supervisor of an injured employee should call the University's workers' compensation administrator within one working day of knowledge of the incident. This procedure is required for the University to comply with the Occupational Health & Safety Act of 1970.

Sec. B. Workers' Compensation Insurance

Workers' Compensation laws of the State of Ohio cover all employees of the University, including faculty. After any accident or injury incurred in connection with work performed for the University and involving medical costs or loss of earnings, employees should call the University's workers' compensation administrator to discuss the situation. A faculty member who will be working for the University outside the State of Ohio for a prolonged period should consult with the workers' compensation administrator regarding workers' compensation coverage for the period out of state.

Sec. C. Laboratories and Training

A number of regulatory agencies have jurisdiction over the University's safety practices. Non-observance can result in penalties. Faculty members are responsible for their compliance and that of their employees, with all Federal, State, and Local regulations applicable to their areas of study. The Department of Occupational & Environmental Safety provides a full range of services to assist faculty in meeting these important regulations.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency, the Ohio Department of Health and the U.S. Department of Transportation impose mandatory training requirements. All faculty using human blood, tissue, body fluids and etiological agents, chemicals, radioactive materials, and radiation producing equipment must fulfill specific training requirements before beginning work with such materials and equipment. Use of these materials and equipment also imposes certain retraining requirements. The Department of Occupational & Environmental Safety provides job specific training and orientation to faculty training responsibilities.