Through the implementation of State and Federal laws, as well as Shasta College policy, we are committed to making the safety and health of employees our first consideration. Safety and health must be part of every operation, and is every employee's responsibility. Prevention of occupationally induced injuries and illnesses is the goal of this program.
To accomplish this goal, management must be aware of conditions in all work areas that can lead to injuries or health problems. Employee cooperation in detecting hazards, reporting dangerous conditions and controlling workplace hazards is a condition of employment. Every employee must inform the supervisor immediately about safety hazards. Employees will not e disciplined or suffer retaliation for reporting a safety violation in good faith.
While no plan can guarantee an accident-free workplace, following the safety procedures set forth in the Injury & Illness Prevention document will significantly reduce the risk.
Management will provide mechanical and physical protections required for personal safety and health and appropriate training, but employees bear the primary responsibility for working safely.
Click the following link to view the current Injury and Illness Prevention document: Injury and Illness Prevention Program - Last Updated March 2015.pdf
For your convenience, we have also provided a brief informational flyer, simply click following link: Injury and Illness Prevention Flyer
In accordance with the new OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) standards for Occupational Exposure to Blood-borne Pathogens: Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), employees, who by virtue of their work assignments, could be reasonably anticipated to have contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials (i.e., body fluids; organs or other tissues from a human; blood, organs, or other tissues from experimental animals infected with HBV or HIV) must be offered the opportunity to receive a Hepatitis B vaccination at no cost to the employee.
The departments where employees could reasonably anticipate exposure are:
|Custodial and Transportation
|Nursing and Wellness
|Public Safety and Security
There is a training requirement for initial participation prior to the vaccination series and annual updates. For employees outside the specified departments, a review will be made to determine whether or not the college will provide a vaccination. Affected employees will receive information on training dates and times.
Please refer to the following links to materials that provide more information on Shasta College procedures regarding Hepatitis B and other blood-borne pathogens:
Hepatitis B Memo
Tuberculosis, which was thought to be eradicated in First World Countries, is once again on the on the rise. Board Policy and Education Code 87408.6 require a negative Tuberculosis test prior to employment to ensure employees are free from active TB. Thereafter all employees must retest once every four years to ensure they remain free from active TB.
For more information on the causes of TB and what you can do to protect yourself, visit the Center For Disease Control website.