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Safety Policy Statement

Safety is of primary importance in our operations and an integral part of Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Each of us has the responsibility to make the safety of ourselves and our co-workers a basic concern. This objective is fundamental to our well being, as well as the effective operation of SWOSU. As helpful as they are, safety rules alone cannot prevent accidents. The indispensable ingredients of a safe working environment are management commitment, a knowledgeable supervisory staff, an involved safety leader and a conscientious work force, where each individual is dedicated to the principle that accident prevention is an essential part of the planning and execution of every job.

SWOSU management recognizes its responsibility to provide healthful and safe working conditions, safe working rules based upon experience and safety knowledge and competent work direction.

Every employee has the responsibility to prevent accidents and injuries by observing established working rules, by following the direction of supervisors, by practicing the principles taught in safety training, and by providing ideas on how our safety efforts might be further strengthened. SWOSU and its employees have the responsibility to comply with all federal, state and departmental regulations related to safety and health programs. An effective Safety Program extends beyond normal working hours and, accordingly, safety in employees’ and their families’ off-the-job activities is encouraged.

Contractors performing work on SWOSU premises shall be required to comply with health and safety laws and regulations and to adopt safety practices equivalent to those applicable to SWOSU employees.

The SWOSU Program is designed to minimize accidents caused by manpower and monetary losses to university employees and equipment. The success of a safety program is dependent on the quality of support and leadership rendered by all levels of management and the safety working practices of all employees.