Over the past few months, the RMU Safety Subcommittees have been developing detailed safety policies and procedures. These policies and procedures provide written details for what will ultimately be a comprehensive Safety Policy Manual.
During the University Safety Committee Meeting in February, several of these policies were reviewed and approved. During the coming weeks, they will be distributed to the RMU community. The following is a summary of what to expect:
Section 2.0; Policy No. PS 1.1 – "Golf Cart & Service Vehicle Safety"
This policy establishes criteria for the safe use and operation of golf carts, service vehicles and any motorized type unit which is not considered a vehicle by state statute.
Section 3.0; Policy No. HM 2.1 – "Hazard Communication"
Because hazardous chemicals are common in the work environment, this policy establishes procedures for the safe use, handling and storage of these materials. Key aspects of the policy include an accurate inventory of materials, container labeling, material safety data sheets, methods of protection and information and training.
Section 3.0; Policy No. HM 2.5 – "Asbestos Management"
This policy has been established to ensure that employees are provided general information regarding asbestos containing building materials and provide more specific details for employees who may come in contact with such materials during work activities.
Ultimately, the goal is to ensure that the facilities are safe and employee exposures are controlled.
Section 4.0; Policy No. LS 1.2 – "Chemical Hygiene"
The Chemical Hygiene Policy is similar to Hazard Communication, but is specific to Laboratory Use of Hazardous Chemicals. Procedures are established for safe handling and use of hazardous materials, including specific equipment typically found in a laboratory.
Section 5.0; Policy No. FS 1.8 – "Fire Procedures"
This policy identifies the basic procedures that are to be followed by building occupants in the event of a fire. In the event that you discover a fire, see flames or smoke, or there is an activation of the building fire alarm or similar system, all occupants must begin an orderly evacuation of the facility. There are two acronyms referenced in this policy, which are intended to aid personnel on what to do in the event of a fire/alarm situation. The "RACE" acronym stands for Rescue, Alarm, Contain and Evacuate. For persons who are trained on how to use a fire extinguisher, you should remember the "PASS" word, which stands for: pull the pin, aim the nozzle at the base of the fire, squeeze the handle, and sweep back & forth over the base of the fire.