The Office of the Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs has tasked University Environmental Health and Safety (UEHS) for all campuses to assure that departmental programs/policies are as consistent as possible. The aim is to enhance compliance and avoid the confusion of multiple programs/policies among the IU campuses and centers. To this end, a UEHS programs/policies committee representing all campuses has been established and has been working diligently to revise programs/policies so they meet regulatory and guidance standards as well as the special needs of the university environment. These new programs/policies will be available at the EHS webpages for the respective campus’, as they have been previously, but will now have a link that redirects individuals to www.protect.iu.edu where all newly revised UEHS programs/policies are housed. This single depository (www.protect.iu.edu) will help us assure that our customers find the most recently approved program/policy and reduce the chances of multiple outdated or unapproved documents from being found during internet searches on related topics.
There are currently a number of documents posted at www.protect.iu.edu/ehs/programs-policies and others will be added as soon as they are approved and ready for distribution. You will notice a significant change to formatting and the content of the new program/policy may be different than previous documents. Please be sure to read through the documents that pertain to your work activity and encourage your staff to do the same. As always, University Environmental Health and Safety is dedicated to preserving the health and safety of the university community and protecting the environment by promoting a culture of safety and demonstrating professional excellence. If you have any questions or concerns about the content of these documents, please do not hesitate to contact me (Kathryn Manteuffel) or any of the subject matter experts referenced in the documents.
Confined Space Policy (Permit Entry Written Program): Applies to all employees that (as part of their job) may need to enter permit or non-permit required confined spaces. A confined space has limited or restricted means of entry or exit, is large enough for an employee to enter and perform assigned work, and is not designed for continuous occupancy by the employee. These spaces may include, but are not limited to sewer manholes, underground vaults, tanks, hoppers, pits, and diked areas, vessels, crawl spaces, and silos.
Fire Prevention During Welding, Cutting and Other Hot Work Plan: This plan was developed in conjunction with NFPA Standard 51B for the guidance of all cutters and welders (including outside contractors), fire watchers, and supervisors where cutting and welding operations are to be performed. Hot work permits (HWP) are required for any temporary operation involving open flames or producing heat and/or sparks.
Food Service at Temporary Events Open to the Public: Applies to events that are either open to the public or are otherwise not "internal events" where food service is planned.
Emergency Action Plan: The purpose of an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is to protect the employees from serious injury, property loss, or loss of life, in the event of an actual or potential major disaster. The EAP describes the initial responsibilities and actions to be taken to protect all employees until the appropriate University or municipal responders take over.
Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Plan: The Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plan establishes procedures and guidelines to prevent oil discharges on the Indiana University Northwest campus.