Responding to Accidents and Safety Concerns on Campus What You Need to Know

Q: WHAT campus incidents are we talking about?
A: ALL accidents (no matter how minor they may seem at the time), near misses, and other safety concerns on campus.

Q: WHY do I need to know about this?
A: It is important for all employees to know how to report accidents or other safety concerns they may experience, witness or come across on campus. This includes knowing who should be contacted so that an appropriate investigation and report can be made and safety concerns can be addressed. 

Q: WHOM should I notify of an incident on campus?
A: The primary contact for on the job accidents and all environmental / safety concerns is Michael Jennings, Director of Environmental Health and Safety, x8175, (cell) 540-460-0500, The primary contact for other incidents (e.g. fender-benders, thefts, etc.) is Craig VanClief, Director of Public Safety, x8999/8427, (cell) 540-620-5273, If an employee is injured on the job or if an employee believes they have a work-related illness, regardless of how minor the injury or illness, the employee must report this immediately to their supervisor. Also see Workplace Injuries and Incidents

Q: WHEN should I notify my supervisor or one of the designated officials?
A: IMMEDIATELY upon experiencing, witnessing, or coming upon any serious accident or safety concern, but not later than 24 hours afterwards. This allows for prompt response and investigation, as well as reporting to the University’s worker’s compensation insurer.

Q: HOW should supervisors respond to accidents or safety concerns they are called upon to handle?
A: Assure safety of all at the scene. Then gather facts and complete necessary investigation reports or contact designated officials to do so, depending on seriousness and complexity of situation.