Accident Prevention Plan


A video introduction to health and safety at the University of Washington


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.

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.

View the University of Washington Accident Prevention Plan.

New employee safety orientation

An important section of the Accident Prevention Plan is the information regarding a new employee’s safety orientation. As stated in the Plan, every employee at the University must undergo a safety orientation that covers important health and safety information.

Supervisors can download the New Employee Safety Orientation Template, which covers the required health and safety topics to be discussed during an orientation. Supervisors can add additional information to this template if needed.

First aid

The Accident Prevention Plan covers the requirements for ensuring first aid treatment for employees. Every department should have a plan in place to ensure that their employees have access to quick and effective first aid. More information on first aid policies can be found in the First Aid Guidelines.

Job hazard analysis

In order to understand what hazards exist within a department or area that are not covered by the Accident Prevention Plan, departments should conduct a job hazard analysis. The Job Hazard Analysis page has resources to help you identify the hazards associated with work processes. Contact EH&S if you need assistance identifying hazards beyond those covered in the Plan.


Accident and Injury Reporting

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Reference Files