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Occupational Health & Safety


In order to comply with the ever-increasing demands of federal, state and local regulations, Duquesne University strives to offer a campus and workplace that is free of hazards. The Environmental Health and Safety Department strives to comply with environmental, health and safety issues by using the following policies and procedures for the recognition, evaluation and control of safety hazards associated with work spaces and tasks.

Asbestos Management Program
This program applies to all employees who must work around ACM and its objectives are to identify ACM, train and communicate the hazards of ACM to employees and decrease risk of exposure through proper maintenance /repair or removal of ACM.

Asbestos Operations & Maintenance Program
This Plan outlines the policies and procedures to be followed at Duquesne University relative to the successful management of ACM.

Exposure Control Plan for Bloodborne Pathogens
These guidelines provide policy and safe practices to prevent the spread of disease resulting from handling blood or other potentially infectious materials during the course of work.

Confined Space Entry
This program requires that all confined spaces be identified and that a written program be generated to outline procedures required for entry into those spaces, ensuring that safe work practices are utilized during all activities to prevent personal injuries and illnesses that could occur.

Contractor Safety and Health Plan
Safety and Health Rules for On-site Services; This plan sets forth safety expectations for on-site contractors.

Facility Safety Inspection Procedure
This procedure was established to ensure that all facilities are in compliance with governmental, environmental health and safety regulations through inspection, observations and walk-throughs.

Fall Protection Program
This program applies to all employees and contracted/ sub-contracted personnel who perform or are authorized to perform any work in excess of six feet in height at the University.

Forklift Safety Program
The purpose of this Forklift Safety Program is to ensure each potential operator is properly trained in the safe procedures of operating a forklift truck; training will consist of formal instruction, practical training, and evaluation of the operator's performance in the workplace.

Hearing Conservation Program
This program is designed to provide the maximum protection for all employees who may be exposed to high noise levels and to provide for the selection, use, and purchase of hearing protection that will adequately protect all employees who may be exposed to high noise levels at Duquesne University.

Hot Work Program
This program applies to all employees and contracted/ sub-contracted personnel who perform or are authorized to perform any "Hot Work" at the University.

Ladder Management Program
This program applies to all employees who may use a ladder during the course of their work.

Lockout/ Tagout Program
This program defines responsibilities and establishes procedures for the lockout/ tagout of energy isolating devices whenever maintenance or servicing is done on machines or equipment.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Program
The purpose of this Program is to document hazard assessments, ensure protective measures are in place and that PPE is being used properly at Duquesne University.

Pesticide Management Program
This program outlines the controls to be utilized by Duquesne University to ensure the safety of on-site personnel during their work with pesticides.

Red Tag Program with Permit
This program is to ensure the safety of University premises when fire protection systems are taken out of service for maintenance, renovation, new construction or equipment failure.

Respiratory Protection Program
The purpose of this Program is to ensure Duquesne University employees are protected from airborne respiratory hazards through the use of respiratory protection that may be utilized during the course of normal operations as well as during some non-routine or emergency situations.

Safety Program for Working at Elevated Heights
This program outlines the controls to be utilized to ensure the safety of on-site personnel during their work at elevated levels. Any work at levels elevated above a defined base such that a fall there from may result in bodily injury, shall be regarded as a type of high risk work.

Campus Waste Minimization Plan
The scope of the WM Plan covers all individuals that are generating any waste at Duquesne University, whether the waste is hazardous, non-hazardous, biological, or radioactive. This plan focuses on the more efficient use of materials, waste reduction and responsible disposal of generated waste.