Self-Inspection / Hazard Recognition program

Valley City State University's participation in the Safety and Risk Management Program provides that employees are ensured a safe and healthy working environment. To assist the University with obtaining significant improvement, quality care and management, a self-inspection and hazard recognition program has been developed. The following procedures apply:

On a daily basis: the supervisors for each work area will be responsible for an informal inspection of their specific work site. If problems are found, they are to be corrected immediately and processed via the work order process. Unsafe acts witnessed during the work shift shall be corrected immediately.

Informal inspections: will be conducted on-site on a regular basis. Each work area or department will assign an individual the responsibility of performing these periodic inspections. Work equipment and processes will be evaluated in that assigned area with documentation on the Safety Inspection report and the processing of a work order. Items that are below standard and considered hazardous will be addressed immediately.

Formal Inspections: will be done annually by the Safety Office. These inspections will cover the entire operational facility. Documented findings of this inspection will include (but will not be limited to) problem areas, individuals responsible for corrective actions, and corrective actions taken to remedy the hazards or violations that are found. All formal inspections will be reviewed and signed by the Facilities Services Director for verification of compliance of corrective needs and action taken.

Safety violations/procedural violations: will be documented and sent to the appropriate department supervisor. Unsafe acts will be corrected immediately. Other areas requiring corrective action will be allowed five (5) working days to comply. Failure to correct safety hazards within the five working days or repeated noncompliance with safety procedures will result in notification to the next level of administration.

All employees will notify their supervisors or the Safety Office of any potentially hazardous condition they may observe that requires immediate attention.