4.18. Safety

4.18.1 Reporting of Accidents

Nicholls has a comprehensive safety program that is implemented under the supervision of the University Safety Officer. However, safety is a function of management and its entire supervisory staff.

Management working with safety committees and the safety director will implement a safety plan with the University community in mind. Training, safety education and correction of hazardous conditions will have particular emphasis. Since regulations, laws, codes and rules govern the direction of safety, all faculty and staff will strictly adhere to requirements for reporting, investigating and documenting all accidents, and near misses in their area. However, it is up to the employee to follow safety rules, properly use safety devices, support all safety programs and offer constructive suggestions for improvement.

4.18.1 Reporting of Accidents

In the case of an accident, which results in any way, in the injury of an employee while on regular tour of duty, it is the responsibility of the employee to:

  1. Report to University Health Services (infirmary) for immediate medical attention. University Health Services will file a report with Human Resources and the University Environmental Health and Safety Director.
  2. Notify the supervisor immediately, when possible, of any accident. He or she will be responsible for recording the details of the accident.
  3. Human Resources will call the employee to obtain details for filing an Employer’s First Report of Injury.

This procedure should be followed immediately after any accident and/or injury. Should it be necessary after the above procedures are followed for an employee to consult with a family physician, then Human Resources will have on record the exact time and date of the accident and possible resulting injury. Failure to report an accident immediately may jeopardize receiving coverage.

The physician’s report and prescription charges will be carried in the employee’s name. Medical charges for services and drugs should be forwarded to Office of Human Resources, Nicholls State University, P.O. Box 2105, Thibodaux, LA 70310.

An employee injured while on duty must obtain a release from his or her doctor stating that he or she is able to return to full duty before returning to work.

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