Environmental Health and Safety (REHS) has developed
programs to help front-line supervisors and workers
with their efforts to comply with OSHA regulations
during construction and maintenance work. The
programs will also help ensure the safety of University
employees, students, and the public who may be
in proximity to renovation, demolition, installation,
or maintenance operations conducted by university
employees. Every department is expected to take
steps as necessary to protect the safety and health
of University employees, students, and visitors
to the University. Department heads, directors,
faculty members and supervisors are considered
directly responsible for maintaining full compliance
with OSHA regulations and University safety policies
information contained in various programs provides
guidelines for the safe use of equipment and performance
of various types of work. The manufacturer's literature
for equipment or machinery, specific programs
referenced in this document, and/or REHS personnel
should be consulted prior to conducting work that
may expose employees to a hazard not covered by
other more in-depth training may be required;
the training is generally available through REHS,
though some specialized training (for example,
Scaffold Erecting Safety Training) may require
the services of an outside consultant. Specialized
training must be coordinated with REHS so that
accurate training records can be maintained. The
costs associated with specialized training may
need to be offset by the requesting department.
Scope and Application
program applies to all Rutgers University properties
and to all construction, renovation and maintenance
work performed by Rutgers University employees
regardless of jobsite location. All employees
who face a risk of injury as a result of their
work on construction, renovation or maintenance
projects must comply with the requirements of
to PEOSH (OSHA) regulations, an employee may request
an inspection or evaluation of conditions that
they believe may constitute a health or safety
hazard. Employees are encouraged to discuss their
safety concerns with their supervisor prior to
making such a request. Employees may also call
Rutgers Environmental Health and Safety (REHS)
if they have any questions regarding health and
safety matters related to their employment at
a person requests a confidential inspection by
REHS, their name will not appear on any record
published, released, or made available to the
public, their immediate supervisor or department
you are asked to perform a task, which you feel
is unsafe, notify your supervisor of the safety
problem. If the unsafe condition is not corrected
and you are ordered to perform the task, you may
ask to be temporarily assigned to a different,
non-hazardous job. If your supervisor will not
temporarily reassign you, you may then refuse
to perform the work and should immediately call
REHS at 848-445-2550.
rights of an employee in reporting complaints
of matters affecting occupational health and safety
must be exercised without retaliation on the part
of any other person.
University strives to provide a safe and healthful
working environment for all persons associated
with the University community. Attainment of this
goal requires cooperation and commitment on the
part of us all. All members of the University
community must be thoroughly familiar with their
safety responsibilities, strive to follow safety
practices at all times, act proactively to prevent
accidents and injuries, communicate hazards to
supervisors, and be prepared for emergencies that
may occur in the workplace.
(PEOSH) requires that employees be provided a
place of employment free from recognized safety
and health hazards. REHS helps departments meet
this requirement by performing various periodic
inspections. It is very important, however, that
each department also require supervisors to perform
or coordinate regular inspections of all departmental
worksites to identify and correct worksite hazards.
inspection should include the following at a minimum:
there chemical or physical hazards (e.g., dust,
radiation, welding rays, heat or excessive noise)
that could cause injury?
workers exposed to any source of hazardous energy
(e.g., electricity, heat or cold, chemicals,
radiation, gases, pressurized systems) that
workers exposed to slip, trip or fall hazards?
moving or flying objects, falling materials,
or equipment strike workers?
materials that are stored in tiers stacked,
racked, blocked or otherwise secured to prevent
sliding, falling or collapse?
there stationary or moving objects, sharp edges
or protruding parts that could injure a worker?
employees wearing personal protective equipment
that is appropriate for the job? Have they been
trained to use this equipment properly?
machinery, holes, or hazardous operations properly
all machines and equipment, including powered
hand tools, ladders and extension cords, inspected
on a regular basis? Have employees been trained
to safely use these machines and equipment?
employees overexert themselves while lifting,
pulling or pushing?
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS's) readily
available for all chemicals used or stored in
the worksite? Do all employees know where to
find and how to read an MSDS?
lighting adequate in all locations?
chemicals, including flammable and combustible
liquids, stored properly?
work areas clean, orderly and sanitary, and
is debris and scrap removed on a daily basis?
checklists for specific operations-such as woodworking
shops or welding areas-can be obtained by contacting
REHS at 848-445-2550.
may be protected from worksite hazards by eliminating
the hazard, isolating the hazard, or by controlling
how the work is performed, staged, and executed.
Approved shields and guards, interlocks, local
exhaust ventilation for airborne hazards, or other
engineering controls can be used to reduce workplace
hazards. REHS is available to provide technical
support when determining how best to control worksite
workplace hazards cannot be eliminated or controlled,
a written safety plan must be developed by the
supervisor and/or safety coordinator and submitted
to REHS for review. The supervisor must assure
that all employees, including new employees, read
and follow the safety plan. A written training
log should be maintained for each employee.
work activities require specialized training,
a written permit, or development of a worksite
safety plan prior to the work being performed.
Work in this category includes:
Work" (e.g., welding, cutting, burning,
heating, grinding, or similar heat producing
activities which are capable of providing a
source of ignition for a fire) outside of an
approved hot work area.
performed in a confined
space that involves the use of paints, solvents,
or other chemicals, welding, grinding, or similar
hot work, or other work that introduces a hazard
into a confined
into a permit required confined
erection and use.
performed where a fall
prevention plan needs to be developed prior
to the work.
conducted in trenches
blasting outside of an abrasive blasting enclosure.
Work performed using toxic gases that are contained
that are exposed to certain types of hazards may
need to use respiratory protection and/or require
medical monitoring. These requirements are explained
in various programs where applicable. When employees
need to use a respirator, or if they are exposed
to hazards that require medical surveillance,
the supervisor is responsible for enrolling the
employee in the University's
Respiratory Protection Program. Information
on the enrollment criteria for this program may
be obtained by contacting the Respiratory Protection
Program Administrator of REHS at 848-445-2550.
Safety and Health
and employees should be trained to understand
the essential role that they play in job site
safety. The type and level of training a supervisor
or employee should receive will vary by work activity
and job location. Training programs for supervisors
or employee should may include, but are not limited
to, the following:
offers both employee and supervisory training
programs, and also maintains training resources.
Information on training and training resources
may be obtained by contacting REHS at 848-445-2550.