The Occupational Safety Program promotes health and safety procedures and assists the university community in identifying, evaluating and eliminating occupational and workplace hazards that can cause illnesses or injuries.
Written programs are provided to support voluntary compliance with federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) regulations and standards to ensure employees are provided with workplaces free of recognized hazards. Written programs are available for Hearing Conservation, Confined Space Entry, Hazard Communication and Respiratory Protection.
Material handling is the transporting of a load by hand or bodily force. It includes lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, moving or carrying. The goal of this program is to protect workers from the risk of injury while performing material handling on the workplace. There are different techniques that reduce the risk of injury when lifting, to learn more about the proper techniques of material handling: Learn More
Ladder safety reduces the risk of falling of a ladder on the workplace. Is important to avoid all kind of hazardous, labels and markings on the ladder. Employees should conduct inspections for ladder safety prior to using it. For a ladder inspection checklist: Learn More
The hearing conservation program provides information for the protection of UTEP employees from long term hearing loss associated with noise levels in the workplace. All employees whose noise exposure equals or exceeds an 8-hour time weighted average of 85 decibels need to be enrolled in a hearing conservation program. If enrolled, employees will be required to wear hearing protection devices, as needed to decrease noise exposure levels.
The purpose of UTEP's Confined Space Entry Program is to set procedures that will ensure workers safe entry into confined spaces to perform routine tasks associated with their employment. This procedure is designed to provide safety requirements in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Confined
Space Standard, 1910.146 and assist UTEP in achieving the overall goal of a safer work place.
Respiratory Protection Program
The purpose of the Respiratory Protection Program is to ensure the protection of all UTEP personnel from respiratory hazards through the proper use of approved respirators. Job-specific respirators are recommended by the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S). Procedures apply to all UTEP faculty, students, and staff. All employees required to wear a respirator that has a tight-fitting face piece must be properly fit tested. You can learn more with our guides below, and view the Respiratory Protection Program here: Learn More