Occupational Health and Safety Program

It is the practice of Colorado Mesa University (CMU) that the safety of its employees, its students, and the public is of chief importance.  The prevention of accidents and injuries takes precedence over expedience.  In the conduct of our business, every attempt will be made to prevent accidents from occurring.  CMU requires that its employees, as a condition of employment, comply with all applicable safety regulations as listed in CMU’s policy manual.

The designated safety program coordinator for CMU is the primary contact for occupational health and safety related matters.  All employees will receive an orientation to the safety policy and rules of CMU upon initial employment, and are encouraged to bring to the attention of their immediate supervisor any unsafe conditions or practices.  Supervisors will communicate these concerns to the safety program coordinator, who will respond to this concern in a timely manner.

Senior management will be actively involved with employees in establishing and maintaining an effective safety program.  Our safety program coordinator, safety committee, myself, and other members of our management team will participate with you in ongoing safety and health program activities.

CMU’s Responsibilities:

  • Provide a safe workplace
  • Provide safety and health education and training
  • Annually review and update workplace safety rules

Employee Responsibilities:

  • Report all unsafe conditions
  • Immediately report all work-related injuries
  • Wear the required personal protective equipment for your job or task
  • Abide by CMU’s safety rules at all times

The goal is to achieve to maintain zero lost-time injuries. In order to achieve both goals, we will maintain an active safety committee, enforce written safety policies and practices, routinely hold relevant, motivational and proactive safety meetings, and continually provide up-to-date safety training. 

What is occupational health and safety?

Occupational Health and Safety includes social, mental, and physical well-being of workers. Successful occupational health and safety practice requires the collaboration and participation of both employers and employees in health and safety programs. It also involves the consideration of issues relating to occupational medicine, industrial hygiene, toxicology, education, engineering safety, ergonomics, psychology, and more. 

For more information, please contact Luke Jackson at 970.248.1820 or ljackson@coloradomesa.edu

Why does this committee exist?

  • This is an advisory group made up of representatives from different departments, ranging from managers to entry level workers. The committee provides a forum for communication between employer and employee to address health and safety concerns in the workplace. The more we can collaborate on safety, the more we can raise awareness, and decrease workplace injuries.
  • Oversee CMU’s safety program.
  • Annually review CMU’s safety policy and safety rules.
  • Recommend actions to reduce the frequency and severity of accidents and illnesses
  • Integrate safety into the day-to-day activities of all employees and students.
  • Coordinate the new employee orientation and safety training programs
  • Assist CMU in compliance with government standards concerning safety and health.
  • Discuss with and make recommendations to management and administration on matters pertaining to safety.