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Title: New Employee Safety Orientation Allen Niemi, Director Occupational Safety and Health Services

New Employee Safety OrientationAllen Niemi,
DirectorOccupational Safety and Health Services
Fire Emergency Procedures
  • Pull evacuation alarm located near building exits
  • Follow department evacuation plan always use
    nearest exit do not use elevator
  • Dial 911 from a safe location
  • Use fire extinguisher only if trained
  • Do not return until cleared by Public Safety

Injury Procedures
  • Dial 911 for first aid or emergency assistance
  • Seek non-emergency care after notifying
    supervisor if possible
  • Take Doctors Report Form along and return to
    supervisor after completed
  • Report injury to supervisor as soon as possible
    to file an Incident Report

Injury and Incident Reporting
  • Report all injuries and property damage incidents
    to supervisor immediately
  • Also report close call incidents that have
    potential for serious injury or damage
  • Incident report is a summary of an investigation,
    not an assignment of blame
  • Purpose of investigation is to correct safety
    hazards and document injuries

Employee Safety Responsibilities
  • Follow safety procedures and rules
  • Use safety equipment provided
  • Never defeat safety guards or features
  • Report hazards to supervisor
  • Attend safety training
  • When in doubt ask for assistance

Working With Hazardous Materials
  • Employees must be trained before working with
    hazardous substances
  • Hazardous substances include everything from
    cleaning products to lab chemicals
  • MTU has a written hazard communication plan that
    must be followed
  • Material Safety Data Sheets contain safety and
    health information on hazardous substances

Safety Assistance Resources
  • Supervisors are the first stop for employee
    safety and health information
  • Occupational Safety and Health Services in G35
    Administration Building 7-2118
  • University Safety Manual and information on OSHS
    web site
  • Michigan Occupational Safety and Health

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Basic Safety Information
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Housekeeping is Key
  • Housekeeping is not just clean floors
  • Organized storage of supplies and materials
  • No clutter in aisles, slip/trip hazards
  • Work areas have enough space to work
  • Exit paths clear and proper width
  • Free access to emergency equipment
  • Access to circuit boxes, shutoff valves, etc.
  • Housekeeping is best indicator of safety

Safe Use of Ladders
  • Always use a ladder or step stool appropriate for
    the job, never a chair or box, etc.
  • Use only fiberglass ladders for electrical work
  • Inspect ladder for damage before using
  • Use only commercial grade type II or better
    type III is not allowed at MTU
  • Must have three points of contact at all times
    (two feet and one hand or two hands one foot)
  • Never stand on last rung or top of a step ladder

Slips, Trips and Falls
  • Fact There will be icy sidewalks and wet floors
    during winter its unavoidable.
  • Wear only shoes/boots with good traction
  • Walk slower and take smaller steps on snow/ice
    covered sidewalks and wet tile
  • Expect shoes to be slippery when entering a
    building on winter and wet days
  • Always use the handrail on stairs
  • We sand the sidewalks a LOT but it is your
    responsibility to follow the above and to report
    particularly icy areas to the Grounds Department

Material Handling Safe Lifting
  • Back injuries are the leading cause of disability
    at MTU and most costly
  • Always get help for heavy or awkward lifts
  • Injury risk factors include poor grip, heavy,
    bulky, reaching, bending, twisting, pulling,
    repetitive motion
  • Use a cart if possible
  • Make sure the path is clear first
  • Always keep line of vision clear

Basic Electrical Safety
  • Extension cords are for mobile and temporary use
  • Make sure cord is rated for the load amperage
  • Do not use spliced or damaged cords
  • Do not link cords together
  • Use only GFCI protected cords in wet locations
  • Cords may not be run through or attached to a
    wall or other hard surface

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Basic Electrical Safety
  • Only MTU electricians may work on building
    electrical systems
  • Always disconnect portable equipment from power
    source before making adjustments or repairs
  • Never remove locks or attempt to activate
    equipment or systems that have been locked or
    tagged out for repair
  • Receiving a shock during normal use of equipment
    is an indication of an electrical problem that
    must be reported

Building Safety Systems
  • Campus buildings have safety features
    incorporated into them to protect us
  • Emergency lighting, smoke detection, evacuation
    alarms, sprinklers, lighted exit signs, fire
    resistant construction, fire rated halls
    stairwells of specified widths, etc.
  • Electrical overload protection, engineered supply
    wiring distribution systems, etc.

Building Safety Systems
  • Storage is never allowed in stairwells
  • Hallways may not be restricted in width or used
    as storage or work areas
  • Items may not be placed along hallways that could
    readily be moved or fall into the traffic path
    during an emergency evacuation
  • Fire doors (look for a tag on frame) may not be
    wedged open
  • Exit signs may not be obscured

Building Safety Systems
  • Stored items, shelves, racks, etc., must be at
    least 18 inches below a sprinkler head
  • Sprinkler heads may not be covered or painted
  • Do not cover or obscure fire pull boxes or fire
  • Do not block electrical shut-offs or circuit
  • Light switches and outlets must have metal covers

Hazardous Waste Disposal
  • Never dispose containers of liquid in the regular
  • Contact Central Stores for disposal of
    fluorescent light bulbs, CRT computer monitors,
    televisions, and rechargeable batteries
  • All disposal of fuels, lubricants, chemicals,
    pesticides, and other toxic or environmentally
    hazardous materials must be coordinated through
    Occupational Safety and Health Services

Hazmat Shipping and Receiving
  • All Hazmat shipping and receiving is regulated by
  • DOT regulates shipments of explosives, compressed
    gases, flammable liquids and solids, oxidizers,
    poisons, radioactive materials, corrosives,
    environmental toxins, wastes
  • Hazardous materials shipments must be delivered
    to a designated DOT trained person
  • All hazmat shipments - even return shipments -
    leaving MTU must be prepared by a DOT trained
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