Orientation Program


This class is designed to familiarize new employees with the Safety Program at the university, promote safety awareness and encourage safe work practices.


The goal of the Safety Program is to reduce occupational injuries and illnesses by reducing accidents and controlling hazards. New employees have a higher rate of accidents and injuries than more experienced workers, usually because they lack adequate safety information. Nationally, 40% of workers injured have been on the job less than one year. For fiscal year 2000, 49% of reportable injuries occurred to workers who had been at the university for less than a year.  To reduce accidents it is important to impress upon new employees that the university is concerned about their health and safety. Safety Orientation can set the tone for a new employee's safety attitude and behavior, and provide essential information to prevent accidents. The following topics will be discussed in the Safety Orientation class:

  • Safety Program at the university
  • Responsibilities
  • Accident prevention
  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Ladder safety
  • Struck, struck by, caught between accidents
  • Cuts
  • Back safety
  • Fire safety
  • Electrical safety
  • Emergency procedures
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Hazard communication
  • Chemical safety
  • Asbestos
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Bloodborne pathogens