Safety Committee

Safety Committee

Purpose

The purpose of the Willamette University Occupational Safety and Health Committee is to bring all Willamette University faculty, staff and students together in a non-adversarial, cooperative effort to promote a safe and healthful workplace.

Goal

The goal of the Willamette University Occupational Safety and Health Committee is to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses by involving the community in identifying and mitigating safety hazards.

Objectives

The Willamette University Occupational Safety and Health Committee has four objectives:

  • Involve faculty, staff, and students in achieving a safe, healthful workplace.
  • Review all safety-related incidents that fall under the purview of the committee.
  • Conduct quarterly workplace inspections, identify hazards, and seek solutions for eliminating or controlling the hazards.
  • Annually evaluate Willamette University’s accountability system for workplace safety and health and recommend improvements to Administration.

Representatives

The Willamette University Occupational Safety and Health Committee will consist of 8 community members. At least four appointed by WU from faculty or staff, and four volunteer members representing major activity areas of the University. Members will serve at least one year, but no more than three one year terms. Appointments may be staggered so that the committee consists of a majority of experienced members.

There are also two standing appointments: they are the Safety Education Officer and a representative from Human Resources. These standing appointments will facilitate the operation of the committee and insure that the duties are fulfilled in a reasonable and practical manner. The Safety Education Officer will be responsible for representing the needs and objectives of the committee to university departments as departments seek solutions to the concerns suggested by the committee.