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INTRODUCTION TO THE SAFETY PROGRAM GUIDE

Purpose

The University of South Carolina Safety Program Guide has been written by the staff of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) to provide departments, managers, supervisors, and employees with information on a variety of health and safety topics. The Guide is comprised of various Sections, each designed to serve as a general reference document and guide to assist departmental safety managers in the development and implementation of their departmental safety programs. In this latter capacity the Guide is intended for use in conjunction with the Safety Profile.

This document is intended to serve as an initial informational and guidance resource. This document is not an all inclusive listing of applicable rules, regulations, and guidelines that may apply to your area. Consequently, any questions that are not answered by reference to the Guide should be directed to an EHS staff member.

 

Availability of the Guide

The Guide is available on the World Wide Web on the EHS home page. The Web edition will be revised to reflect any changes or new material and will always be the most up-to-date copy of the Guide available.

What Each Guide Contains

The first two Sections of the Guide, Safety at the University of South Carolina and Emergency Procedures, are of general interest to the entire University community. These Sections should be reviewed by all readers. The remaining Sections each describe a program or activity relating to a specific aspect of health and safety (e.g., hearing conservation, chemical waste disposal, computer workstations, etc.). These sections have been organized into five major chapters, so that Sections covering related activities are grouped together. These chapters include:

 

 

Section

Title
A All Departments
B The General Work Environment
C Safety for Support and Maintenance Activities
D Chemical Safety
E Biological Safety
F Radiation Safety

The level of detail included in the Guide varies widely among the different Sections. For some narrowly focused programs and activities the section provides fully detailed procedures. However, for broad programs ,the section provides an overview of the necessary elements of the program and refers the reader to other manuals or resources for detailed procedures. This document is intended to serve as an initial information resource. Any questions that are not answered by reference to the Guide should be directed to an EHS staff member.

Section Format

Each section follows the same basic format and contains these elements:

  • Introduction - provides a summary of the health and safety issue addressed by the section
  • Scope and Application - describes the specific applicability of the program or activities covered by the section
  • Procedure or Description - describes the detailed procedures to perform a specific health and safety activity or provides an overview of the elements of a specific program.
  • Roles and Responsibilities - establishes the roles and responsibilities of a department, supervisors, EHS and the individual worker. In the context of Roles and Responsibilities, the term "Department" is used to refer to upper-level managers and supervisors within a department or office. These persons may include the department chair, the department manager, the department safety manager, shop foremen, facilities managers, and others as appropriate.
  • For More Information - provides a listing of additional references and resources
  • Self-Audit Checklists - for certain programs and activities, self-audit checklists are included for use by a department, manager or supervisor to determine the status of compliance with the program requirements.

How to Use the Self-Audit Checklists

EHS has developed a series of Self-Audit checklists to compliment the Safety Program Guide and the Safety Profiling effort. Most of the checklists are designed to audit the status of a particular program or regulatory requirement. Some, such as the Office Safety, Laboratory Safety, and Hazard Communication checklists include safety concerns for particular programs and for the facility itself.

The checklists were developed for use by either an entire department, a section of a department, a particular room or an individual. The printed version of the checklist, as found in the Safety Program Guide, is formatted such that the two-sided form has the checklist on one side of the page and the key to those items on the reverse side of the page. The checklists are for internal departmental use. There is no need to send copies of completed checklists to EHS. If assistance from EHS is desired, please contact us at 777-5269.

Comments and Suggestions

Questions, comments, and suggestions concerning the Guide and feedback about its usefulness are welcomed and can be sent to EHS at extension 7-5269.

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