Safety Policy Statement
State agencies are not covered by the OSHA legislation for business and industry. However, our liability is still as great as those in industry. Louisiana, therefore, requires a comprehensive program at each institution.
It is our goal at Bossier Parish Community College to provide safe and efficient services to the residents of the State of Louisiana. Each employee must help accomplish this purpose through safe and efficient work practices. Employee safety is vital to our success. The administration of Bossier Parish Community College accepts the moral and legal responsibility of providing safe and healthy work conditions by actively supporting the policies and financial needs of the Environmental Health and Safety Department. Our goal is to implement a comprehensive safety plan that meets all federal, state and local safety codes.
This objective can be reached if all employees accept personal responsibility for their own safety and well-being. Safe work habits are an essential element of satisfactory job performance. Each employee is responsible for immediately reporting potential unsafe conditions to minimize the risk to themselves and others. Each employee is responsible for helping us reach our loss prevention, personal injury, and loss of property goals.
In addition, each Bossier Parish Community College supervisor will be held accountable for the actions of his/her employees. Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that both they and their employees follow all safety rules, policies, and procedures.
It is our intention to provide good supervision, effective training, and a safe work environment. The success of our safety and loss prevention program depends upon the efforts of all our employees. The Environmental Health and Safety Officers’ responsibilities will be to develop policies, schedule training and monitor compliance.
In conclusion, the best way to prevent losses is to prevent accidents, and the best way to prevent accidents is to teach every person within the department to be safety conscious. In order for our safety program to be workable and effective, we need every employee’s full support and cooperation.
I look forward to working with you in this endeavor. We want Bossier Parish Community College to be the safest environment possible. It is your health and well-being that demand we develop the very finest program possible.
The assignment of safety responsibility is management’s list of persons responsible for safety practices at the college and it is also their responsibility to control accidents and loss prevention. At bpcc safety will be managed at the administrative level. We intend to institute a combination of safety and loss prevention programs that will allow us to set and achieve goals on the highest levels throughout the entire college. The following is a list of responsibilities for various positions at bpcc so that accountability can be established.
Has oversight responsibilities and receives periodic reports from executive Vice Chancellor of Administration.
- Authorizes necessary expenditures to provide safe working conditions.
- Approves safety policies as formulated by the Director of Facilities.
- Participates in the safety program as recommended by the Director of Facilities, (conducts safety tours, reviews and responds to safety reports, ensures safety awareness among key management personnel, reviews safety audits, evaluates safety program).
The director of facilities is responsible for the development ano implementation of the agency safety program. He or she collaborates ano reports to the executive vice chancellor of administration who has direct access to the head of the agency. His/her duties include but are not limited to the following:
- Has primary responsibility for coordinating the safety operations at BPCC.
- Plans and directs a regular program of safety inspections and reviews accident investigations.
- Supervises and reviews accident reports to evaluate and identify causative factors, and corrective actions.
- Plans and manages the accident prevention program.
- Keeps the Executive Vice Chancellor of Administration informed of the accident prevention program.
- Conducts comprehensive industrial and management safety inspections of each department
- Organizes and administers a technical sound and effective occupational industrial accident prevention program and evaluates Department Heads, and supervises in the implementation of these programs.
- Plans and directs basic safety inspection checklists for departmental safety personnel or supervisors to use during their inspections.
- Checks for compliance with applicable safety laws and codes.
- Submits reports to the Executive Vice Chancellor of Administration to be reviewed with the Chancellor.
- Reviews all plans for demolition, renovation or new construction along with all work order requests with the appropriate Maintenance Supervisor to be sure that all applicable codes and regulations are followed.
- Directs activities of O & M crew along with providing fiscal support.
- Submits all facility changes, addenda, and renovation plans work orders for review.
- Directs activities of Supervisors as related to safety.
- Communicates with the Director of Facilities concerning any discrepancies in the following of procedures.
- Insures that all safety policies are followed by Supervisors and/or Departmental Safety Person Designees.
In academic departments, Safety Designee will also perform activities of supervisors.
- Ensure safety surveys of facilities are provided for safety information.
- Ensure portion of bulletin boards are provided for safety information.
- Discuss unsafe working conditions or practices with supervisors or College personnel so corrective action can be taken.
- Fill out forms provided by Facilities.
- Ensure that accidents are reported promptly and investigations are conducted to determine causes.
- Discuss unsafe working conditions or practices with supervisors so corrective action can be taken.
- Actively support the accident prevention program.
- Report all accidents immediately to Campus Security.
- Forward all accident reports to be forwarded to Facilities.
The DSP for each building is as follows:
- Rick Bateman | Roxie Johnson
- David White | Ray Scott Crawford
- Jim Boyter
- Jimmy Stewart
- Wesley Bange | Kori Hearon
- Ty Bryan | Jeff Anderson
- Chad Johnston | Michael Richards
- Actively supports the Accident Prevention Plan.
- Ensure compliance with appropriate safety standards to include the use of personal protective equipment.
- Conducts daily surveillance of operations, work sites and facilities for unsafe personnel action, procedures, or conditions and take the appropriate corrective steps.
- Continually discuss safety awareness with individual employees.
- Distribute any available safety material to employees.
- Consult with appropriate staff/agencies when guidance is needed to evaluate changes, new procedures, and personal protective equipment requirements as they relate to health and safety.
- Report all accidents immediately to the Director of Facilities.
- Document accidents using the appropriate ORM form provided by the Security Office or the Director of Facilities.
- Responsible for job safety training to ensure personnel are properly trained for jobs to which they are assigned.
- Responsible for counseling employees as necessary, both verbally and written, memorandums when continuous violations or accidents indicate the need. Copies of which should be forwarded to the Director of Facilities.
- Perform work site safety inspections with notes of inspection results retained on file for one year.
- Responsible for obtaining prompt first aid for injured (911).
- Train employees to work safely.
- Other forms to be filled out: Job Safety Analysis Work Sheet, Job Safety Analysis Training Guide, Loss Prevention Incident Report Form.
- Work in accordance with accepted safety practices.
- Report unsafe conditions and practices to their supervisors.
- Observe safety rules and regulations.
- Serve as safety assistants to their supervisors.
- Ask for assistance or further explanation when needed.
- Be receptive to all instructions concerning safety practices.
- Do not undertake jobs they do not understand.
- Report all accidents to supervisor.
This operational safety plan consists of general housekeeping safety rules and procedures for conducting inspections at Bossier Parish Community College. Regular inspections of each building quarterly will be made by the Director of Facilities to identify unsafe conditions and unsafe acts. These regular inspections will help to reinforce the importance of safety to employees and encourage employees to inspect their own work areas to identify unsafe conditions.
Division Deans must ensure the security of each work site. All property, assets, equipment, money, and information must be secured against theft and vandalism.
Each Dean will address unsafe practices and conditions as outlined below. Although the following should not be considered a complete list of unsafe practices or conditions, these should be used as a guideline for conducting safety inspections in their respective departments. Any need repairs will be forwarded to the Director of Facilities.
- Doors, windows, gates are not secured.
- Unsafe or improperly operated equipment.
- Inattentiveness to duties by employees (horseplay and unprofessional behavior).
- Floors, equipment and furniture not cleaned.
- Overloaded electrical outlets.
- Fire extinguisher not charged or inspected.
- Blocked fire exits.
- Improper lifting methods.
- Loose tiles and slippery floors.
- Unauthorized access to money, keys, records, etc.
- Temporary accumulations of flammable or combustible materials.
- Storage and use of chemical products and other hazardous materials.
The Director of Facilities will complete the inspection checklist and fill out a safety and housekeeping report. A copy of this survey is retained in the Facilities Office. The Director of Facilities is also responsible for filling out the Hazard Control Log if any potentially hazardous conditions or practices are reported. This document is retained in the Facilities Office and a copy will be forwarded to the appropriate person for corrective action. If the hazard is not corrected within 30 days a copy will be sent to the Office of Risk Management Unit of Risk Analysis and Loss Prevention.