"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:

Identifying Hazards

  • 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

Controlling 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

Emergency Preparedness

  • 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.

Waste Management

  • Arranging for proper management of all wastes: recycling, trash, hazardous materials, contaminated materials, broken glass, etc. in accordance with UVM procedures