Facility Safety

Contacts

Lab emergency: 216.368.3333

Safety Services: 216.368.2907

Radiation Safety: 216.368.2906

Safety Alerts

Latest alert: Fungal contamination in Remel unsterilized prepared media plates. See all Safety Alerts.

Anonymous Reporting

If you see safety violations or other inappropriate behavior, but want to remain anonymous, call 866.483.9367 or Go to Integrity Hotline.

Need something cleaned, repaired or disposed/recycled (eWaste)?

Before any work can be done, a clearance needs to be performed to assure there are no hazards.

Fill out this form and submit it to the EHS office: Equipment and room clearance form (editable PDF)

Check out the office of sustainability site concerning recycling (including eWaste) as an option to disposal.

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Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) is responsible for administering and monitoring the occupational safety and health efforts at Case Western Reserve University. Our goal is to prevent and/or minimize employee/personnel injuries illnesses from and occupational exposure to potentially hazardous work environments and activities across campus. Facility Safety covers both in-house employees as well as contractors working on campus. The facilities safety program strives to maintain a safe and healthy working environment for all affected employees. Our CWRU Facility Safety Programs and related forms can be found below.

If you need to file an injury report, please use this form below. This Report must be completed whenever an occupational injury/illness has occurred. Please see the instructions on the form for completion.

Program Description and Forms

Asbestos Operations and Maintenance Safety Program

Asbestos is a broad term to describe a group of naturally occurring silicate minerals. These minerals have been integrated into thousands of building products due to the functional and versatile properties they retain. The commonly found forms of asbestos are chrysotile,amosite and tremolite. Asbestos minerals have many properties that make it an ideal ingredient in multiple building products. For example, these properties include high heat resistance, electrical resistance, high tensile strength and the ability to be woven. Exposure to airborne asbestos fibers can lead to the development of an asbestos related disease. Asbestosis is the first recognized disease associated with asbestos exposure. Asbestosis is known as the “scarring of the air sacs.” Asbestos exposure can lead to a rare form of cancer called mesothelioma. Lung cancer has been connected to asbestos exposure and is complicated by cigarette smoking.

Danger Asbestos sign

Contractor Safety Awareness

 

Hard hat, level, safety glasses and gloves on a table

Crane Hoist and Sling Safety Program

Cranes, hoists, and slings pose a serious safety hazard if not used properly.  It is the policy of Case Western Reserve University to ensure employees are trained on the hazards of using cranes, hoists, and slings and also to ensure that such equipment is safely maintained.

 

A crane with a hook attached

Driver Safety Training Program

It is the policy of Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) to operate and maintain its motor vehicle fleet in a manner that is safe, cost efficient and in compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. The motor vehicle fleet is defined to include all vehicles owned, leased or rented in the CWRU name.Driver safety awareness training is required for employees and students who drive CWRU vehicles. Retraining is not required.

  • Driver's that need the training can register at 216.368.2907.

  • A valid driver's license is required.

  • Classes are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

  • Motor Vehicle Policy 2018

 

 

Fire Extinguisher Safety Program (Facility Personnel Specific)

The purpose of the Fire Safety Program of Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is to protect its employees who must exit from an area where a fire hazard is present. This program applies to the placement, use, maintenance and testing of portable fire extinguishers provided for the use of employees and also provides basic safety guidelines when trying to exit a building when a fire occurs.

 

How to use a fire extinguisher PASS; pull the pin in the handle. Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire. Squeeze the lever slowly. Sweep from side to side

Hearing Conservation Safety Program

The Case Western Reserve University Hearing Conservation Program's purpose is to identify and control noise hazard areas, and to identify and protect all employees who have the potential to develop occupational noise-induced hearing loss. Whenever practical or feasible, efforts to reduce or eliminate excessive noise exposure in the workplace, by means of engineering controls or proper work practices, will occur before placing employees into the CWRU Hearing Conservation Program.

Caution: Hearing protection required sign

 

Heat Stress Prevention Safety Program

The Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) Heat Stress Prevention Program has been developed to provide workers with the training and equipment necessary to protect them from heat related exposures and illnesses and instruct employees on how to cope with heat stress should they become affected.

 

Symptoms and Treatment for heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps

Lock Out Tag Out Safety Program

Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is committed to ensuring that all machinery is evaluated and meets the criteria for lockout/tagout within our facilities. Hazardous energy sources found in the workplace include electrical (generated or static); mechanical (transitional or rotational); thermal (machines, equipment or chemical reactions) and potential (hydraulic, pneumatic or vacuum pressure, springs or gravity). By observing all safety practices, devastating injuries such as the loss of a limb, paralysis or electrocution can be avoided.

Lockout/Tagout procedures are designed to isolate or shut off machines and equipment from their power sources before employees perform any servicing or maintenance work.