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Institute Safety Policy

The following is an excerpt from Rensselaer's Employee Handbook

Safety and Health Policy Statement

To state Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s commitment to faculty and employee well-being.
Rensselaer is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all faculty and employees. Rensselaer complies with all applicable requirements issued by the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration and implements a site-specific safety and health program. Management and all faculty and employees working at Rensselaer share the responsibility for the success of the safety and health program.

The objective of the safety and health program is to reduce or eliminate disabling injuries and illnesses. It is the policy of Rensselaer to exercise all precautions necessary to protect faculty and employees from all accidents. Management firmly believes that all accidents are preventable.

Rensselaer is committed to a program to prevent crime and provide a safe and secure environment for all faculty, employees and students.

This policy applies to all employees, including faculty and members of the President’s Cabinet.

Faculty and employees are expected to take an active role in promoting workplace safety. If you witness an accident or an unsafe working situation, you must report it promptly to your manager or to the Division of Human Resources.

You should take note of where the fire extinguishers, first-aid kits, and emergency exits for your department are located. For more information on safety and health procedures, please consult Rensselaer’s Safety Manual or contact the Division of Human Resources.

Rensselaer is committed to providing faculty and employees with a safe and healthy workplace. It is the policy of this organization that faculty and employees report unsafe conditions and do not perform tasks if the work is considered unsafe. Faculty and employees must report all accidents, injuries, and unsafe conditions to their supervisors. No faculty member or employee making a report will face retaliation, penalty, or other disincentive.

Faculty and employee recommendations to improve safety and health conditions are given thorough consideration by Rensselaer’s management team. Management gives top priority to, and provides the financial resources for, the correction of unsafe conditions. Similarly, management takes disciplinary action against faculty members and employees that willfully or repeatedly violate workplace safety and health rules. Discipline can include verbal or written reprimands and can ultimately result in termination of employment.

Senior management is actively involved with faculty and employees in establishing and maintaining an effective safety and health program. Managers participate with faculty and employees in ongoing safety and health program activities, including: (1) promoting safety and health committee participation; (2) providing safety and health education and training; and (3) reviewing and updating workplace safety and health rules.

While everyone in the Rensselaer community has a basic responsibility for his or her own personal safety, certain faculty and employees have an increased level of responsibility in crime prevention and safety issues. In conjunction with the Department of Public Safety, faculty and employee management is responsible for developing and implementing security related procedures such as office opening and closing routines, recognition of duress signals and key control. Management is responsible for promoting and maintaining standards for security conscious awareness and behavior, as well as maintaining and disseminating to faculty and employees current information regarding Rensselaer’s crime prevention and suppression programs and services.

For more information regarding personal safety and crime awareness please refer to the Department of Public Safety brochure, "Your Safety, It's a Full Time Responsibility". This publication is available at Public Safety in the Visitor Center or on-line at

Additional Links:

Campus Safety Policy for Rensselaer's Anime, Science-Fiction and Gaming Convention Event (Genericon)

Last modified: February 16, 2012
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