"Safety is everyone’s responsibility. A safe campus environment is a right of employment for all categories of employees. A safe campus learning environment is a right of all involved in education and research."
- APLU Guide
Employees, contractors, students, and everyone else authorized to conduct activities at the University of Vermont are responsible for:
- Learning about hazards associated with their work and work area
- Stopping work if they reasonably believe continuation of the work poses an imminent danger to health, safety, or the environment, and immediately notifying a supervisor in the chain of authority over the work
- Reporting unsafe conditions to their supervisor or safety committee (such conditions include malfunctioning equipment, and work-related fires, accidents, incidents, injuries, illnesses, or property damage, as well as "near misses"
- Warning coworkers about defective equipment and other hazards
- Participating in health and safety training applicable to their work situation
- Taking appropriate and necessary steps to protect themselves and others from obvious hazards
- Following safe operating procedures, directions and guidance applicable to their work
- Using personal protective equipment and engineering controls appropriate to their work
- Complying with applicable environmental health and safety policies & programs, safe work practices, and regulations
- Being familiar with the emergency response plans for the workplaces they frequent
- Being familiar with evacuation routes and assembly areas for their building
- Participating in emergency drills.
- Arranging for proper management of all wastes: recycling, trash, hazardous materials, contaminated materials, broken glass, etc. in accordance with UVM procedures