Employee Safety

Site Safety SignMaking Northern Michigan University a safe place to live, learn, work and play is part of the mission of NMU Public Safety and Police Services. As such, employee safety is a priority of the department and the university.

A large part of NMU’s employee safety effort is educating faculty and staff about the federal and state safety measures that Northern is held accountable for.  Both the U.S. Department of Labor-Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) do on-site audits, announced and unannounced, and violations for failing to meet their safety standards come with steep fines.

In addition, NMU Public Safety and Police Services annually collects Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) from every NMU department. On the MSDS, faculty and staff list all materials that are or could become toxic in all or some situations, as well as materials that become flammable or explosive in a fire, which poses a critical threat to those who reside in the area and to fire, police and other emergency responders.

If you believe that the MSDS survey doesn’t apply to you, think again. If you have fingernail polish, saline solution for your contacts or whiteout in your desk, you’re housing materials that need to be recorded – by law – on MSDS.  Please do your part and assist the person in your department responsible for completing the MSDS sheets with compiling the most comprehensive and accurate information. 

Employee safety also includes zero tolerance of workplace violence, aggression and intimidation, as well as discrimination or harassment of any type.  If you experience or witness any of these, please contact NMU Public Safety and Police Services.

Many departments assist NMU Public Safety and Police Services in providing employee safety measures and education, including the Equal Opportunity Office, Human Resources and the Health Promotions Office.