Safety Inspections Policy

Safety Inspections Policy

Abstract:
All buildings, facilities, and spaces are inspected on a regular basis by the UAB Department of Occupational Health and Safety and/or by non-UAB inspection agencies for hazards related to fire, life, and general safety.
Effective Date:
10/14/1993
Contacts:
None Assigned
Administrative Category:
Applies To:
Faculty, Staff, Students
Material Original Source:

University of Alabama at Birmingham

SAFETY INSPECTIONS POLICY

October 14, 1993


Background

Various agencies conduct formal inspections of University property. Some inspections are required by state law, some are required by the City of Birmingham, and others may be conducted in connection with licenses, permits, or the determination of insurance rates. The UAB Department of Occupational Health and Safety also conducts inspections in an attempt to identify and eliminate fire and life safety hazards. Based on a recommendation by the University Safety Committee, the University adopts this policy.

Policy Statement--General

All buildings, facilities, and spaces owned, rented, or leased by the University of Alabama at Birmingham are inspected on a regular basis by the UAB Department of Occupational Health and Safety and/or by non-UAB inspection agencies for hazards related to fire, life, and general safety. If a UAB department, unit, or employee receives from a non-UAB agency an inspection report relative to fire, life, or general safety, the UAB department/unit should forward it immediately to the UAB Department of Occupational Health and Safety for their review and evaluation. Any such discrepancy reports resulting from inspections by non-UAB agencies will be coordinated through the UAB Department of Occupational Health and Safety.

The UAB Department of Occupational Health and Safety will advise the University or a department/unit concerning the appropriate course of action to be taken to eliminate any discrepancies. The UAB Department of Occupational Health and Safety will assess the magnitude of the risk involved and will make recommendations for correction that are practical and economical. Emergency or life-threatening situations will be processed as expeditiously as possible within established procedures.

Policy Statement--Occupant-caused or Nonstructural Problems

The appropriate dean, director, department head, or building administrator shall be responsible for eliminating any nonstructural, occupant-caused discrepancies identified by the UAB Department of Occupational Health and Safety as requiring correction. Within thirty days of receiving the inspection report from the UAB Department of Occupational Health and Safety, a written statement verifying that all discrepancies have been abated or a written plan of action shall be submitted to the UAB Department of Occupational Health and Safety. Requests for additional time to address discrepancies will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Policy Statement--Structural or Maintenance-related Problems

Structural- or maintenance-related fire, life, or general safety problems or discrepancies will be submitted by the UAB Department of Occupational Health and Safety to the Department of Facilities Management and/or the Department of Facilities Planning for corrective action. Such problem or discrepancy reports also will be submitted by the UAB Department of Occupational Health and Safety for information purposes to the appropriate dean, director, department head, or building administrator and to the appropriate vice president.

Within ninety days of receiving the inspection report from the UAB Department of Occupational Health and Safety, the Department of Facilities Management and/or the Department of Facilities Planning must submit to the UAB Department of Occupational Health and Safety (with copies to the appropriate vice presidents) a written statement verifying that the cited discrepancies have been abated or must submit a written plan of action for solving the problem.

Implementation and Effective Date

The Department of Occupational Health and Safety is responsible for procedures to implement this policy.

This policy is effective immediately upon its being signed by the President.