II. Assignment of Safety Responsibility

Safety is everyone’s responsibility. To assure everyone is actively involved in the General Safety Program, Nicholls State University’s management has assigned safety responsibilities to all operating units as indicated in this section.

A. President and Executive Staff (President and Vice Presidents)
1. Fully responsible for safety among all employees.
2. Assign safety responsibilities and delegate authority required to implement Nicholls’ Safety Program.
3. Approve safety policies formulated by the University Safety Committee and the University Safety Officer.
4. Participate in the safety program as recommended by the University Safety Officer.

B. University Safety Officer
The University Safety Officer has been delegated authority to implement and manage the University Loss Prevention Program. In this capacity the Safety Officer is responsible for overall safety at Nicholls State University and will:
1. Develop and implement a comprehensive safety program which provides for:
a. Regular and periodic facility and equipment inspections.
b. Investigation of employee job-related accidents.
c. Educational and training programs for supervisors and employees.
d. Programs to promote increased safety awareness.
2. Reports to the executive staff on a quarterly basis concerning the status of safety programs, concerns and problems in the University.
3. Keeps and analyzes accident reports.
4. Submits information requested by the Office of Risk Management on all losses.
5. Checks for University compliance with local, state and federal rules and regulations.
6. Serves as ex officio on the University Safety Committee.

C. Superintendent of Maintenance
The Superintendent of Maintenance will work with the University Safety Officer, safety committees, administrators and supervisors to ensure facilities are maintained in safe condition. He will:
1. Serve as a member of the University Safety Committee.
2. Promptly execute all work orders identified as SAFETY RELATED.
3. Make inspections of all areas and report findings as requested.

D. University Deans
University deans are responsible for the safety within the respective colleges. Delegation of authority to department heads, supervisors, managers, etc. is a viable means to accomplish the overall goal of safety awareness, training, inspections and safety meetings. They will:
1. Implement within their respective college Nicholls State University’s General Safety Program.
2. Indoctrinate new employees on job safety requirements and procedures.
3. Enforce safety rules and work regulations within their area of responsibility.
4. Set a good example through proper attitude, discussions and observance of safety rules and regulations.

E. Supervisors
Supervisors are responsible for the day-to-day implementation of safety rules and regulations. They will:
1. Indoctrinate new employees on job safety, rules, requirements, and procedures.
2. Enforce safety rules, regulations and procedures within their area of responsibility.
3. Conduct safety meetings and inspections.
4. Investigate and submit reports on accidents and take corrective action on unsafe practices and conditions.
5. Be a good role model for employees under his supervision.

F. Instructors
Instructors are responsible for the safety of their students. This is especially important for instructors in those areas of instruction where students are exposed to hazardous conditions, and where students are exposed to the handling, use, storing and disposal of hazardous material. Instructors will:
1. Advise students of safety rules, regulations and standard operating procedure.
2. Ensure good housekeeping practices and strict adherence to lab and classroom safety requirements.
3. Be a good role model for students under their instruction.

G. Employees
Each employee is responsible to abide by Nicholls State University’s safety program. They will:
1. Work in accordance with accepted safety rules, regulations and standard operating procedures, and ask for assistance of further explanation when needed.
2. Report unsafe conditions and practices.
3. Make safety suggestions.
4. Observe all safety rules and regulations.
5. Attend safety meetings and safety training as required.