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This policy addresses the procedures required by the University and UNC Hospitals to reduce the risk for provider-to-patient transmission of Hepatitis B (HBV), Hepatitis C (HCV), and/or Human Immunodeficiency Virus, (HIV) for health care personnel who provide direct patient care. This policy also reinforces the University and UNC Health Care requirements of strict adherence to Standard Precautions for all health care personnel in clinical care areas.
Incidents resulting in personal injuries to students, staff, faculty, and visitors while on University property, or in the course of University employment or activity, are to be reported to the University Department of Environment, Health and Safety. EHS will investigate for potentially unsafe conditions and initiate corrective action as appropriate. Campus Police are to notify the Department of Environment, Health and Safety of incidents to which they respond.
Many State and Federal regulations require employers to provide specific training programs and occupational medical surveillance to employees initially upon employment and in some cases, as shown in Appendix A, annually thereafter. Safety training is the mechanism used to inform employees on specific regulations and the safety procedures to follow while employed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Working in a health care environment poses a risk for acquiring certain infectious diseases greater than that for the general public. To reduce the potential risk, employers are required to establish a medical surveillance program which documents immunity for some diseases, monitoring for others such as Tuberculosis, along with safety training on methods to prevent exposure and disease.
This document describes vaccination requirements for specific University positions.
The provisions of this policy apply to the selection, distribution, inspection, maintenance and testing of portable extinguishing equipment. The requirements given herein are minimums. Portable extinguishers are intended as a first line of defense to cope with fires of limited size. They are needed even when a facility is equipped with automatic sprinklers, standpipe and hose, or other fixed protection equipment.
This Policy supports UNC Health and the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine strategy for providing a safer environment for health care personnel and patients through influenza and COVID-19 vaccination, while also meeting applicable regulatory requirements.
To ensure that new potable end use devices and newly installed piping do not leach contaminates into water and ensure that new plumbing lines have been properly flushed and seasoned to prevent contamination.
This policy explains how the University protects employees responsible for removing damaged lead containing paint, and for repainting in buildings constructed prior to 1978 from elevated exposures to lead.
The Asbestos Control Program is a set of practices and procedures applied to building cleaning, maintenance, construction, renovation and general operation in order to maintain buildings at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
This policy applies to Industrial, Maintenance, and Construction, and Support Services operations. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) guidelines for research laboratories are contained in Chapter 5 of the Laboratory Safety Manual. Personal Protective Equipment for Clinic operations are governed by the Exposure Control Plan.
This Policy establishes permissible use of open flame in exterior spaces of the University. This Policy applies to all exterior open flame activities on University property, whether that person in possession of the open flame or responsible for any open flame is a student, employee, or non-affiliate.
The Environment, Health and Safety Manual describes environment, health and safety policies and procedures that have been approved and implemented at the University. These procedures are to be followed by all University faculty and staff, whether full-time, part-time, or temporary. Training sessions are provided to familiarize HR Facilitators and supervisors with the University’s Environment, Health and Safety Manual.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committeed to providing a safe and healthful environment for its employees by developing an ergonomic program (for details see the ergonomics web pages).
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (the “University” or “UNC”) recognizes the importance of Assistance Animals for individuals with disabilities. The University is committed to providing equal access to its classrooms, research facilities, public spaces, and housing for all of its community members, including students, employees, and visitors.