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Preventing Injury and Illness in the Workplace

Our goal is to prevent injury and illness from occurring as a result of work done while at the Stanford School of Earth Sciences. This is accomplished through a program of training, hazard identification, and hazard correction. Each of us as employees and community members is able to make the school a safer and healthier place to work by our day-to-day and moment-to-moment actions. Using information provided in the training programs and by being observant we can eliminate or reduce the likelihood of bad things happening to ourselves and others.

The University Environmental Health and Safety Department has established an Injury and Illness Prevention Program that holds Schools, Departments, supervisor’s and each of us as employees and community members responsible for it’s active implementation. Each of the program areas outlined in other parts of the website are designed to support this central goal.

  • Training - Health and Safety training is organized into three tiers ranging from very general information to more specific training offered by Schools, departments, supervisors, managers and Principal Investigators (PI). The objective is to train employees and students on the correct safety practices for the work they will be doing.
  • Reporting unsafe conditions to staff who can get them fixed. Report accidents and incidents that occur at work to your supervisor as soon as possible.
  • Identifying hazards in the workplace. General workplace safety ensures that we all have a safe place to work. Periodic inspection and correction of general safety hazards is a requirement of Stanford's Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP). The University has developed a checklist as part of the Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) to assist in identifying and when necessary, correcting general safety hazards.
  • Correcting any problems found in a timely manner depending on the severity of the hazards.
  • Keeping Records of training and inspections is required by the regulations. Make sure that your supervisor has a record of your training. Document in writing any action(s) taken to correct identified hazards or inspection findings.