Employee Health And Safety Policy

Initiated: September 17, 1985
Approved: December 17, 1987

Purpose

To establish a policy for employees of Northern Michigan University to bring health and safety issues to the attention of supervisors and provide a method for appeal and evaluation of health and safety issues.

Applicability

All University employees, full time, part time, temporary, casual labor, students.

Policy

All employees are required to inform their immediate supervisor of any working condition which is likely to cause some bodily injury or illness. Supervisors are required to assess the danger to the employee using the Health and Safety Guidelines, or refer the issue to their supervisor, or the Director, Public Safety.

References

Act 154, of Public Acts 174 as amended, Part 1.

Initiating Department/Division

Public Safety and Police Services, 227-2152.

Employee Health And Safety Procedures

An employee is required to inform his immediate supervisor of any working condition which is likely to cause some bodily injury or illness as soon as they become aware of such a condition.

The immediate supervisor will assess the danger to the employee using the University Health and Safety Guidelines before requiring the employee to continue with the allegedly dangerous assignment. The immediate supervisor will cancel or modify the assignment if it falls into Category I or II conditions or require the employee to proceed with the assignment.

If a supervisor does not have enough information to assess the danger, the supervisor can refer the problem through the normal chain of supervision for a decision.

If an employee disagrees with the immediate supervisor's decision, he employee can appeal the decision to the next supervisory level. Such a supervisor will be required to assess the danger in the same manner as the immediate supervisor. Of this supervisor requires the employee to proceed with the assignment, the employee will be obligated to do so.

Employees in auxiliary services or operations and maintenance can appeal the immediate supervisor's decision to the Director of Public Safety and Police Services, instead of appealing to the next supervisory level. The review, decision, and obligations will be the same as if done by the next supervisory level.

All appeals to a second level must be made as soon as the employee is told of the immediate supervisor's decision.

Employee Health And Safety Guidelines

In reviewing the claim of any employee that a working condition constitutes a health or safety hazard, the University shall consider the following in light of all the important circumstances surrounding the work assignment:

1. What are the possible range of consequences which might occur if the employee is exposed to the alleged safety or health hazard? (For example: simple stress, cuts, broken bones, respiratory problems, infection, loss of life, etc.)

2. Given the range of possible consequences, consider the likelihood of any of those consequences occurring. (Consider existing safety equipment, health safeguards, and work procedures when determining likelihood.)

Category I Conditions:

If loss of life or limb, disfigurement, or serious impairment of a bodily function is possible, then the University shall not assign the employee to perform work under the conditions complained of unless existing safety equipment, health safeguards, and work procedures make it very unlikely that such a result will occur.

Category II Conditions:

If some bodily injury or illness of less consequence than a CATEGORY I hazard is more likely than not, then the work assignment shall be modified to such a consequence unlikely to occur.

Category III Conditions:

If some bodily injury or illness of less consequence than a CATEGORY I hazard is unlikely to occur, then an employee shall be required to perform the assignment.