ii. INTRODUCTION TO THE HEALTH AND SAFETY
The Princeton University Health and Safety Guide has been written
by the staff of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS)
to provide departments, managers, supervisors, and employees with
information on a variety of health and safety topics. It is designed
to serve as
a general reference document and guide to assist departmental safety
managers in the development and implementation of their departmental
safety programs. In this latter capacity the Guide is intended for
use in conjunction with the Departmental Health and Safety Profile
the Health and Safety Program Guide. For additional information about
the Safety Profiling Program, contact EHS.
Availability of the Guide
Copies of the Health and Safety Guide were distributed primarily to
departmental safety managers and other health and safety contacts in
the late 1990's. These editions are not current. The web version is
revised to reflect any changes or new material and will always be the
most up-to-date copy of the Guide available.
What the Guide Contains
The first section of the Guide, Safety at Princeton
University is of general interest to the entire University community
and should be reviewed by all readers. The remaining sections each
a program or activity relating to a specific aspect of health and safety
(e.g., hearing conservation, chemical waste disposal, computer
lasers, etc.). These sections have been organized into six major chapters,
so that sections covering related activities are grouped together.
- The General Work Environment
- Safety for Support and Maintenance Activities
- Chemical Safety
- Biological Safety
- Ionizing and Nonionizing Radiation
- Information Resources
The level of detail included in the Guide varies widely among the
different sections. For some narrowly focused programs and activities,
the section provides fully detailed procedures. However, for broad programs,
the section provides an overview of the necessary elements of the program
and refers the reader to other manuals or resources for detailed procedures.
This document is intended to serve as an initial information resource.
Any questions that are not answered by reference to the Guide should
be directed to an EHS staff member.
Each section follows the same basic format and contains these elements:
- Introduction - provides a summary of the health and safety issue
addressed by the section
- Scope and Application - describes
the specific applicability of the program or activities covered
by the section
or Description - describes the detailed procedures to
perform a specific health and safety activity or provides an
the elements of a specific program.
- Roles and Responsibilities - establishes
the roles and responsibilities of a department, supervisors, EHS and
the individual worker. In the context of Roles and Responsibilities,
the term "Department" is used
to refer to upper-level managers and supervisors within a department
or office. These persons may include the department chair, the department
manager, the department safety manager, shop foremen, facilities managers,
and others as appropriate.
- For More Information - provides a listing of additional references
- Self-Audit Checklists - for certain programs
and activities, self-audit checklists are included for use by a department,
manager or supervisor to determine the status of compliance with the
How to Use the Guide
The table of contents and index
may be useful for finding specific information. The web page's search
function provides another means of locating topics.
Comments and Suggestions
Questions, comments, and suggestions concerning the Guide and feedback
about its usefulness are welcomed and can be sent to EHS at extension
8-5294 or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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