Annex: Classroom Accident Prevention Plan Department: Academic Affairs Departmental Emergency Contact: Karen Jones & Maria Linn
Winthrop University has set forth classroom safety guidelines to provide for the health, safety, and security of students and employees. Accidents are defined as incidents that have caused or might reasonably be expected to have caused injury to person(s) and/or damage to property.
Every member of the faculty, staff, and student body is required to report any potentially dangerous situation to the immediate supervisor, instructor, or university safety manager.
Accident response priorities are as follows:
Faculty/staff members should inspect facilities assigned to them regularly and report potential hazards to the university safety manager immediately. Ensure the general cleanliness and orderliness of the working environment, the use of protective clothing where necessary, and the proper maintenance of equipment in the classrooms, laboratories, and studios. Faculty/staff must also ensure that only authorized or adequately trained individuals be allowed to use or operate specialized equipment.
Employees should report all potential safety hazards to the supervisor, building coordinator, university safety manager, or Facilities Management. For hazards involving specialized equipment, the manufacturer and/or an external repair service may need to be contacted. A Hazard Report is available from the department office, and a copy must be given to the department chair and university safety manager when hazards are identified. Safety information must be presented by the faculty or staff to students at the beginning of each semester or at the beginning of any new groups of students.
It is the responsibility of the department to provide, as far as is reasonably practical, safe working conditions for its students and employees. Divisions of responsibility shall be as follows:
Accident prevention manuals and training should be provided for all department heads and building coordinators. Faculty who teach in potentially hazardous spaces should also receive training and should be familiar with safety protocol for all equipment used in their instructional spaces. These faculty are in turn expected to provide students with the necessary level of training to ensure their safety and minimize risk.