The University’s Accident Prevention Plan covers the anticipated occupational hazards that generally apply to employees across the University. It outlines policies and procedures implemented to reduce or eliminate these hazards. Employees include staff, faculty and students or volunteers in paid permanent, part-time or seasonal positions. The Accident Prevention Plan applies to all schools, departments and organizations within the University, excluding the UW Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center.
The Accident Prevention Plan is designed to replace the Departmental Health and Safety Plans that departments were previously expected to develop and maintain. However, departments should continue to maintain elements of their former Departmental Health and Safety Plan that address health and safety topics not covered in this document that are relevant to a specific worksite.
The Accident Prevention Plan does not replace existing documents or records such as those listed below.
- Fire Safety and Evacuation Plan
- Laboratory Safety Manual
- Biosafety Manual
- Training records
- Radiation Safety Manual
- Administrative Policy Statements
- Standard operating procedures specific to a department.
The documents above supplement the Accident Prevention Plan and remain crucial to the total health and safety program of a department. Departments may choose to add some or all of these documents as addendums to the core Plan.
The goal of the Accident Prevention Plan is to provide core health and safety guidance that applies to all employees at the University. To be effective, all employees should know about the Accident Prevention Plan and become familiar with the topics the document covers.