Airborne Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Should the New York State Commissioner of Health designate an airborne infectious disease is highly contagious and presents a serious risk of harm to public health, this Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan will go into immediate effect to protect the Hamilton College community. Hamilton College may choose to either implement portions of this plan for airborne infectious diseases that do not receive this designation, or alternatively go beyond the plan’s minimum requirements for airborne infectious diseases that are designated.
The lockout/tagout program is designed to prevent the accidental startup of machines or equipment during servicing or maintenance activities, thus preventing the release of stored energy. Through the use of specific procedures that involve the application of energy isolating devices, locks and/or tags, equipment and machinery may be isolated from energy sources and injuries to workers prevented.
Exposure Control Plan
The exposure control plan is relevant to departments that have occupational exposures to bloodborne pathogens, and are thereby regulated by the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. Forms related to Hepatitis B Vaccination and the Significant Exposure Incident Report may be online.
Additionally, this plan describes policies relating to the staging of First-Aid Equipment on campus, including the locations and policies related to Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) and Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) equipment.
Hot Work Program
The hot works plan is relevant to departments that routinely engage in welding, soldering or similar hot work, which represent fire safety related risks to buildings/facilities, and/or health and safety risks to those performing the work.
Respiratory Protection Program
The respiratory protection plan is relevant to those College departments that must use air purifying respirators as a control measure to maintain compliance with established OSHA permissible exposure limits, or as otherwise prescribed by pesticide warning labels.
Hearing Conservation Program
The hearing conservation plan is mostly relevant to Facilities Management, and is concerned with those employees that have regular occupational exposures to hazardous noise above the OSHA threshold of 85 dB(A) over an 8-hour time weighted average.