This section has been reviewed and updated as needed: April 2014
To achieve full compliance with the requirement, inspections will be performed by one or more of the following: self-inspection, i.e., inspection by the employee(s) occupying the area; Environment, Health and Safety Committee members; Department of Environment, Health and Safety personnel; State and federal agency personnel; insurance underwriter personnel; or a combination of these.
The Department of Environment, Health and Safety will send the written report to the person in charge of the facility or function being inspected, the appropriate Environment, Health and Safety Work Environment Committee, and Facilities Services, if the corrective action involves maintenance or capital improvement items.
The person responsible for the area is to respond to the Department of Environment, Health and Safety by the designated date, indicating the corrective action accomplished with regard to each reported violation or deficiency.
The Department of Environment, Health and Safety staff will respond to any request or complaint. University employees who are aware of a health hazard or unsafe condition should notify the Department of Environment, Health and Safety, CB #1650, 1120 Estes Drive Extension, 919-962-5507.
The rights of an employee in reporting complaints of matters affecting occupation environment, health and safety shall be exercised without retaliation on the part of any other person.
After the Department of Environment, Health and Safety has concluded its investigation, the results will be communicated to the party requesting the investigation and to other appropriate University personnel with due consideration of requests for anonymity. If action is called for that does not constitute a capital improvement such as minor repairs, change of procedure, limitations of access, and so forth, recommendations will be made to the proper departments.
- Unsafe work practices
- Suspected health hazards
- Failure to wear required personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Failure to guard machines and cutting instruments
- Improper storage of chemicals, supplies, and other excess materials
- Presence of irritating or noxious odors
- Fire hazards
- Interference with safe egress
- Natural gas odors
- Chemical spills, mercury spills
- Petroleum or gasoline spills
- Compressed gas release
- Radiation exposure or contamination