Environmental Health and Safety
October 15, 2018: In an effort to reduce weather related slips and falls this winter, Risk Management and Environmental Health and Safety have launched a limited pilot program to provide footwear traction devices free of charge to University of Idaho employees on a first come, first served basis. To be eligible, you must be a university faculty or staff member covered by the workers compensation program. Additionally, Facilities, ITS and Auxiliary Services employees participate in their own internal programs and are not eligible for this traction device pilot program. The traction devices will be available starting October 15.
To get a pair for yourself:
- Complete the Traction Device Program form and bring it with you to either U of I Risk (TLC 048 and 049) or Environmental Health and Safety (1108 W 6th Street) - blank forms will not be available at these offices.
- Bring your Vandal Card.
- You must pick up your devices in person; requests via email or campus mail cannot be fulfilled.
- You must pick up your own pair of devices; someone may not come pick them up for you.
- We suggest bringing the winter shoes/boots you will wear with these devices to ensure a good fit.
June 1, 2017: The Tool Box Program gives supervisors tools to ensure safe work practices through tailored training and Safe Operating Procedure guidance documents. It is designed to cultivate a culture of safety and assist supervisors in fulfilling their safety-related duties by providing a framework to guide job-specific training given to their employees. EHS manages and maintains a variety of safety and regulatory compliance programs and offers a wide range of safety trainings; the Tool Box Program enhances the delivery of these programs with focused, brief training sessions.
UI APM 35.32.A-4 states: "Supervisors are responsible for providing safe environments and operations under their control, and are required to ensure that all reasonable and necessary precautions are taken to prevent accidents and to preserve the life and health of the employees, instructors, students and others under their supervision." In about ten to fifteen minutes, Tool Box Program meetings provide the knowledge for units to establish safety protocols that keep everyone safe on campus while maintaining compliance. All supervisors are encouraged to contact EHS at 208-885-6524 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for an organized tool box meeting with the safety subject of their choice.
What training do I need?
Because we are frequently asked about our training courses and how to know which courses a particular person or job may need, we have prepared a matrix for supervisors to use as a guide in determining training. Based on answers to a list of questions, a training profile can be developed for each job. The matrix is intended as a starting point, and all of our general training must be accompanied by job/task-specific training from the supervisor or designee. Our website provides supplementary written materials on many topics, and we can provide supervisors with individual assistance upon request.