It is the policy of Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech) to provide and ensure a safe and healthy environment for the Florida Tech community by constantly maintaining an effective safety and environmental/occupational health program. In fulfilling this task as an educational institute, the greatest responsibilities of the Florida Tech are to protect personnel safety, preserve its physical assets and protect the environment. It is also Florida Tech's policy to comply with all applicable safety, health, and environmental protection laws, regulations and requirements. In the absence of specific regulatory statutes and mandates for particular situations, best management safety practices shall be followed.
Florida Tech's goal is to prevent all workplace injuries and illnesses, property losses or damage, and adverse environmental impacts. Achieving this goal is the responsibility of every member of the Florida Tech's community.
To protect the safety and health of Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech) personnel and the surrounding work environment, Safety and Occupational Health Inspections (SOHI) will be conducted to find and correct unsafe conditions and/or health issues that do not comply with applicable regulations and/or safety and health standards. This policy will establish a framework for conducting inspections and will assign responsibility for each step in the inspection process.
The purpose of this policy is to enable Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech) to meet its duty to students and employees by creating a culture of undertaking risk assessments to reduce the risks of all Florida Tech educational activities to the greatest extent possible. The aim is to protect the health, safety and well-being of students, employees, visitors and others affected by our activities and to avoid any damage to property and the environment.
This policy and procedures provide a framework for personnel to follow in the completion of risk assessments. Under the General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are required to provide their employees with a place of employment that is “free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm." Florida Tech has an absolute duty to carry out risk assessments to ensure this obligation is met.
Florida Tech must take a proactive approach to managing risk and thereby reduce the likelihood that personnel will be harmed through negligence and lack of foresight or proper planning.
The success of a comprehensive safety program depends heavily on each employee having all the knowledge and skills necessary to do their job safely. There are certain legal requirements imposed on individuals, supervisors, and Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech) by the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and other regulatory bodies. The goal of a safety training standard is to ensure that all employees requiring safety training complete that training to perform their duties safely.
It is the policy of Florida Tech that all employees receive safety and health training as required by regulatory and industry standards. Workers needing training may also include student workers, supplied labor, and contract workers. Training is provided to newly hired workers and management, those that have transferred internally from one job to another and those who have been promoted from workers to management. The organization will also provide ongoing safety and health training for workers and management. All training content is documented and maintained. All workplace departments are required to comply with this policy and procedure.