Safety Policy
Responsible Administrative
Policy Contact:
Unit: Office of the President
Director, EHS

The Colorado School of Mines (“Mines”) values the health and safety of the
entire campus community. Mines is committed to protecting its students, faculty,
staff, the public, and the environment. Al members of the Mines community
share responsibility for safety, are expected to take action to mitigate observed
hazards, and shall comply with established safety policies and procedures in
pursuit of this commitment.

2.1 President, provost, and vice presidents are responsible for the overall
campus safety culture. Elements of the campus safety culture include
communicating the importance of safety, appointing members to the Safety
Committee and the Biosafety Committees, allocating resources for safety
performance, and communicating safety performance expectations.
2.2 College deans, department heads, and directors are responsible for
promoting a strong safety culture in their areas. This is accomplished by:
verifying that safety is considered during the various phases of operations,
including facility design, construction, research, and teaching; and
communicating expectations to comply with safety laws, regulations and Mines
policies and procedures.
2.3 Principal investigators (PI), research advisors, managers, and
supervisors are responsible for promoting safety within their labs and work
areas. This is accomplished by modeling safe behaviors, attending safety
training, analyzing and controlling hazards, verifying that students/workers are
properly trained to perform tasks, providing necessary safety equipment, and
communicating expectations for, and monitoring performance of, safe work
2.4 Staff, students, and volunteers are responsible for performing work
safely. This is accomplished by observing health and safety policies, considering
safety when performing work, completing required training, proceeding with work
only when confident that proper safety procedures are being followed, stopping
work if an unsafe condition is discovered, mitigating the unsafe condition where
feasible, and promptly reporting safety hazards or incidents to the Environmental
Health and Safety (EHS) Department and/or their supervisor.

Mines’ Safety Policy
2.5 EHS Department is responsible for establishing and maintaining safety
policies and procedures; providing technical safety consultative services;
administering safety programs; providing safety training; conducting laboratory
assessments; investigating accidents, near misses, and concerns; addressing
reported hazards; and identifying incident-prevention measures.
Policies and procedures for the implementation of Mines’ environment, health,
and/or safety are available on the Environmental Health and Safety website
Adopted July 10, 2010
Amended February 3, 2017 (updated format; added responsibilities; codified into
policy from memo)
Key words: EHS, environment, health, safety, laboratory, accidents, hazards

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