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Risk Management and Safety

Risk Management and Safety

The Deputy Chief of Police also serves as the University's Safety Officer and oversees:

Risk Management Investigations usually involve an on-campus injury. Police officers respond to these events and conduct a preliminary investigation, university employees may also be required to complete mandatory reporting. These events are reviewed by the Deputy Chief who works with the university's underwriting company, the Office of Risk Management and other internal university departments.

In-Service Safety Program provides a system of safety meetings and training that are coordinated at the building level by various university staff who report completion of the training back to the police department.
  • Quarterly meetings may be reviewed by employees on the Safety website

Hazardous Waste Disposal and Chemical Handling is a two part process. Chemicals are used on a daily basis in various areas of the university including classroom settings and in the workplace. The tracking, storage and auditing of these materials falls upon the user department, many times this involves faculty members. But, the policy and accountability as well as audit oversite is managed by the Deputy Chief Safety Officer. Any hazardous waste incident or spill triggers a response by the police department, fire department hazardous waste unit and may require outside private contractors to complete any cleanup.

Policy Development. The Deputy Chief/Safety Officer serves as a resource to university senior management in the development, review and revision of policies concerning a multitude of safety and risk areas. Using the resources of state agencies, vendors, and professional associations, the Safety Officer is able to advise senior staff on best practices.

Building Coordinators are an important part of the safety team at the university. This program is being revitalized to ensure that buildings have adequate resources to manage fire alarms, evacuation, as well as man-made or natural disasters when basic emergency service staff are stretched thin. Building coordinators and their supporting staffs have been targeted to participate in Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) training. This FEMA Program provides basic skills in fire response, rescue techniques, and basic first aid which are critical skills ranging from managing a fire alarm to a natural disaster.

Fire Arlarms and Building Evacuations are managed primarily through the use of building coordinators and their support staff in each building. Emergency responders will manage the actual emergency scene verse being able to remove all individuals from any building without the assistance of the building coordinator staff. Building coordinators are also responsible for working with the Deputy Chief/Safety Officer to schedule and manage required fire alarm drills throughout the year.

Emergency Management is another shared response where the Deputy Chief/Safety Officer is a resource for planning and liaison. Working with the Incident Management Team (IMT), the University Emergency Response Plan takes an all-hazards approach to emergency planning and response. The Safety Officer works with the IMT to update this plan. Because the Safety Officer works on a regular basis with the Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) and the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) in policing matters, this is a natural relationship for emergency management issues too. From emergency weather briefings, chemical releases at surrounding plants in the parish, to flooding and other events the Safety Officer attends both briefings and can hold a seat in the Parish Emergency Operations Center (EOC) as needed.

Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) is a structured FEMA program that trains faculty, staff and students to a basic level of disaster response that allows additional support during small to large natural or man-made incidents. Most notably is the development of the building coordinators and supporting staff to assist in building evacuation and in fire drills and fire events when large numbers of people will need to be moved from a building. This program continues to evolve as does the Building Coordinator Program.

Environmental, Health, Safety and Hazardous Waste (EHS / HW) Officer

Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
  1. Directs the implementation of the university EHS / HW Program including: fire safety, inspections, accident investigations, hazardous waste, environmental, safety rules and procedures.
  2. Develops and/or makes recommendations for safety/environmental policies as needed.
  3. Serves as the liaison for federal, state, and local agencies
  4. Oversees testing and monitoring programs for environmentally hazardous areas and processes
  5. Directs the Hazardous Waste Collection and Disposal Program
  6. Makes safety/environmental inspections when deemed necessary
  7. Coordinates the campus safety and environmental training program
  8. Coordinates the industrial hygiene activities for the campus