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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.
Confined Space Safety Program
OSHA defines a confined space as a space that:
- Is large enough and so configured that an employee can enter and perform work, AND
- Is not intended for continuous occupancy, AND
- Has a limited or restricted means of entrance or egress.
In addition, if all three of these conditions exist and any of the following also are present or potentially present, a written entry permit must be obtained from EHS prior to entry:
- hazardous atmosphere, OR
- material which could engulf an entrant
- an internal configuration such that the entrant could be trapped or asphyxiated.
It is the policy of Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) that all employees who are required to enter OSHA-defined confined spaces must attend Confined Space Entry Training prior to making the entry. Confined space non-entry rescuers must also complete a training. Driver Safety Training Program
Contractor Safety Awareness
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.
Drivers Safety Training
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 or On-line.
A valid driver's license is required.
Classes are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday's an Friday's of the month.
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.
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.
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.
Ladder Safety Program
The Ladder Safety Program educates CWRU employees and students to recognize and avoid hazards related to the use of fixed and portable ladders.
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.