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Office of Environmental Health and Safety

Office of Environmental Health and Safety

Programs, Policies, Plans and Guides

Programs, Policies, Plans and Guides


Asbestos Awareness:  Applies to the communication and training required with regards to asbestos related issues (from maintenance to sampling).

Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan:  Applies to all Indiana University Northwest employees, including part-time, temporary, probationary, and employed students, who may as part of their jobs, come into contact with persons, unconditioned primate animals, or items which are infectious or potentially infectious for bloodborne pathogens.

Confined Space Policy (Permit Entry Written Program):  Applies to all employees that (as part of their job) may need to enter permit or non-permit required confined spaces.  A confined space has limited or restricted means of entry or exit, is large enough for an employee to enter and perform assigned work, and is not designed for continuous occupancy by the employee.  These spaces may include, but are not limited to sewer manholes, underground vaults, tanks, hoppers, pits, and diked areas, vessels, crawl spaces, and silos.

Policy for Food Service at Temporary Events Open to the Public:  Applies to events that are either open to the public or are otherwise not "internal events" where food service is planned.

Fire Prevention During Welding, Cutting and Other Hot Work Plan:  This plan was developed in conjunction with NFPA Standard 51B for the guidance of all cutters and welders (including outside contractors), fire watchers, and supervisors where cutting and welding operations are to be performed.  Hot work permits (HWP) are required for any temporary operation involving open flames or producing heat and/or sparks.

Emergency Action Plan: The purpose of an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is to protect the employees from serious injury, property loss, or loss of life, in the event of an actual or potential major disaster. The EAP describes the initial responsibilities and actions to be taken to protect all employees until the appropriate University or municipal responders take over. 

Hazard Communication Program:  Applies to the identification and communication of chemical hazards found in the workplace and providing for employees safety and health protection.

Hazardous Waste Management Guide:  This guide has been designed to assist students, staff, and faculty of Indiana University Northwest in the safe and economical management of hazardous waste.

Hearing Conservation Program:  Exposure to excessive noise in the workplace can cause permanent hearing loss.  Although Indiana University Northwest attempts to control noise exposures on campus, certain operations and workstations may expose faculty, staff, or students to significant noise levels.  The Hearing Conservation Program has been established to help ensure that members of the campus community do not suffer health effects from exposure to excessive noise while at work.   The provisions of this Hearing Conservation Program apply to all personnel at the Indiana University Northwest campus.

Laboratory Chemical Safety Plan: Applies to all employees who may work in laboratories where hazardous chemicals are stored/used.

Lockout/Tagout Program:  Applies to Indiana University Northwest employees (and its contractors) for their protection from hazards associated with the unexpected energization or start-up of machines or equipment, or release of stored energy.

Pre-Fire Plan: The Indiana University Northwest Pre-Fire Plan is a course of action against a probable fire and is based on the collective experiences of those involved in the planning process, known or existing conditions, the relation of cause and effect, and reasonable expectancy.  This document should complement standard operating procedures by increasing the ground commander's knowledge of complex occupancies and special risk.

Respiratory Protection Program: The Respiratory Protection Program was developed to ensure that key employees are fit and prepared for respirator use.  The program is mandatory for all employees that are exposed to contaminants at or above the OSHA allowable limits.

Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Plan: The Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plan establishes procedures and guidelines to prevent oil discharges on the Indiana University Northwest campus.