The Facilities Division provides a variety of services directed to create and preserve the physical environment that advances the university. In order to achieve this end, the people within Facilities must complete each and every task with their personal safety and the safety of their co-workers at the front of every decision. A safe workforce is a productive workforce.
It is NC State University’s environmental health and safety policy that no job is so important and no service so urgent, that we cannot take the time to perform our work safely, and in an environmentally conscientious manner.
The Facilities Division’s safety mission is No One Gets Hurt: Go For Zero. The purpose is for all Facilities Division employees to make safety personal, be able to purposefully identify hazards and establish control methods to address these hazards.
Hazard Identification and Mitigation
Facilities Division employees use the following process prior to each job task:
- Identify Hazards (refer to the Hazard Categories)
- Assess Hazards
- Establish Controls (using the Hierarchy of Controls)
- Monitor Effectiveness
If a hazard is not controlled, every individual employee is empowered and expected to PAUSE the activity until action is taken to control the hazard.
Safety Action Committee
The fundamental purpose of the Committee is to get employees involved in safety. Employees are encouraged to:
- Meet in person with anyone on the committee
- Call or email anyone on the committee.
- Submit a question, comment, idea or concern
The Facilities Safety Action Committee is comprised of three Teams: Base Team, Steering Team and Director Team. The Base Team, which includes employee leaders and front-line supervisors, identifies safety improvement items through incident history analysis and employee engagement. The Steering Team, which consists of Facilities Division leadership, prioritizes and incorporates the Base Team’s ideas into operations. The Director Team, which consists of Facilities Division unit directors, endorses the operational changes. Ultimately, the teams give a voice to all Facilities employees. This ensures that the Facilities Division identifies and implements solutions that are the most effective.