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Safety Programs

Hamilton College has a number of plans, programs, and procedures that govern certain activities in the work place.

Lockout/Tagout Program

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

Th 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 Managment, 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.

Van Safety

Hamilton College maintains a fleet of passenger vans to accommodate a wide range of transportation services—from off-campus academic lectures to athletic competitions and various student activities like the Jitney. The College has invested heavily in the safety of its van fleet, both in policy and financially. First in 2003, it barred the use of 15-passenger vans for the transportation of any students for College sanctioned events/purposes. Secondly, the College replaced its entire 15-passenger fleet with statistically safer 12-passenger vans. In addition to these efforts, Hamilton finds it necessary to take additional precautions in order to qualify student drivers/operators of any 12-passenger van. These efforts consist of a 3-step qualification process, including an awareness training class, a driving test, and a screening of each student's driver's license. 

Contact Information

Brian Hansen

Director of Environmental Protection, Safety and Sustainability
315-859-4647 bhansen@hamilton.edu
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