It is the policy of the SUNY College at Brockport to maintain a safe, healthful environment for its faculty, staff, students, and visitors that will neither adversely affect their health and safety, nor subject them to avoidable risk of accidental injury.
Appropriate health and safety standards promulgated by federal and state agencies are followed in establishing campus regulations and policy. Published standards of nationally recognized professional health and safety groups serve as guidelines in the absence of appropriate statutes and governmental regulations.
The President of SUNY Brockport has ultimate responsibility for the campus safety and environmental health program, and delegates to all levels of supervision the responsibility and authority for achieving the established objectives.
Each department chairperson is responsible for the safety and health of all students, faculty, staff, and visitors in that particular area. This includes the obligation and authority to prevent or stop any operations considered being unsafe. The department chairperson may delegate all or part of these responsibilities to a departmental safety coordinator. Ideally, this person will be a faculty member in an academic department, or a supervisor or director in a staff department. However, such delegation in no way relieves the department chairperson of responsibility in matters of departmental safety and health.
It is incumbent upon individuals to provide the constant vigilance necessary to avoid unsafe acts. Each person has an obligation to take all reasonable precautions to prevent personal injuries to fellow employees or students. Employees are expected to learn and to follow the approved standards and procedures applying to any activities, and to consult with the appropriate individual(s) when there are any doubts concerning potential hazards.
It is shared responsibility of each employee, supervisor, dean, department head to assure each employee receives the appropriate training for the activities and job functions that are carried out as an employee of SUNY Brockport. This includes (but is not limited to) Right-to-Know training for all those who work in a lab, and Bloodborn Pathogens training for all those who are potentially exposed to infectious materials.
The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (DEHS) located at the Commissary, room F-31 (395-2005). This department provides guidance, services and training needed by campus personnel to attain the goals and objectives of the campus safety and Environmental Health and Safety Program.
The Director of Environmental Health and Safety oversees environmental health and safety concerns at SUNY Brockport and is available for questions and/or comments at 395-2005.
This group consists of representatives from faculty, administration, students, and staff of the College and members shall be appointed by an appropriate management representative. The group is charged with the responsibility for formulating environmental health and safety policies related to Environmental Protection Agency/NY Department of Environmental Conservation regulations and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. They are also responsible for implementing a strong environmental health and safety program based on established College, state and federal policies and practices. The committee shall meet at least once each semester to review policies, recommend remedial actions, and report to administration the results of their findings and recommendations.
Giving false alarm of fire, tampering, or interference with fire alarm systems will result in disciplinary action by the College, as well as the penalty set forth in the New York Penal Law.
Each year, during the Christmas season, numerous fires result because of the flammability of Christmas trees and decorations. Persons constructing displays or supervising such installations are urged to observe the following precautions:
Effective July 1, 1993, SUNY College at Brockport became smoke-free. Smoking is strictly prohibited in all campus buildings, at the Educational Opportunity Center, and in all vehicles owned by the College or the Brockport Auxiliary Service Corporation (BASC). Doorway areas are considered part of the building and are, likewise, smoke-free.
The only exception to the smoke-free policy is in private quarters in residence halls. In residence halls, smoking is prohibited in all areas which students use in common, or to which the public has access. Smoking is allowed in designated student bedrooms only at the request, and with the approval, of all occupants.
The College is in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations concerning the use of radio-chemicals, radio-isotopes, and radiation-producing equipment or utilizing radioactive sources. Questions concerning radiation safety should be directed to the Radiation Safety Officer, 126 Smith Hall (395-5717).
Specific care must be taken in dealing with hazardous materials. These materials include, but are not limited to, toxic chemicals, chemical carcinogens, and infectious agents. Any questions concerning the possession use, transportation, and disposal of such materials should be directed to the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (395-2005).
Section 141.10, Part 141 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, amended by the Board of Regents February 1971, provides for conformity to revised standards of eye safety devices in educational institutions within New York State. Article 409 a. of the State Education Law requires that in certain specified locations and situations "The...person in charge of every...educational institution within the State...shall arrange for and require...that every student and teacher...wear eye safety devices.
All applicable State Occupational Safety and Health regulations pertaining to eye safety and protection shall be observed. Nothing in this policy shall be construed as replacing or superseding pertinent Occupational Safety and Health regulations.
Eye safety devices shall be worn in instructional or experimental programs involving:
This policy includes the requirement to use eye safety devices in any and all circumstances in which there is a possibility or expectation that a foreign object or material may injuriously enter the eye or that portion of the skull which surrounds the eye, i.e., the orbital cavity. This shall be understood to include those situations in which an object or material may in itself be regarded as reasonably harmless, but the conditions of use may lead to injury. (Thus, water from an appropriately constructed eyewash fountain may be regarded as a harmless material, but when water is used under conditions of high-pressure cleaning operations or when it is directed from a pressurized fire hose, water may be considered to be potentially injurious.) Therefore, eye protection devices shall be required at all times and in all places:
Eye protection devices will also be required whenever potentially injurious procedures or materials are pursued or used in:
The provision of this policy apply to: all full-time and part-time faculty and non-academic employees of the College; all full- and part-time students; all users of College instructional and recreational facilities regardless of employment or enrollment status; and all visitors to places in the College where eye safety devices are required.
Standards for eye protection equipment shall conform to the most recent revision of American National Standards Institute standard Z87.1.
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