Isothermal Community College

Learning College Manual

Emergency and Safety Plans



The employees of Isothermal Community College are our most important assets, and every effort will be made to protect them by providing a safe and healthy work place. This is a primary responsibility of each supervisor. In addition, each employee must carefully follow established safe work practices.  Isothermal Community College will voluntarily comply with both the letter and intent of safety and health standards that became law under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. This ongoing effort in providing a safe and healthy environment will be extended to include our students as well as visitors to the campus.


Director of Plant Operations and Maintenance
828-287-8001 – Direct       Campus Extension – 398

The position of Director of Plant Operations and Maintenance is designated as the focal point for all matters pertaining to employee safety and health. The Director will function in the role of Safety Coordinator and will:

  • assist department heads in fulfilling their responsibilities for preventing accidents, 
  • continuously monitor the progress of this plan to control accidental losses,
  • inform management on the progress being made and problems that develop.


A Safety Committee is part of our safety program.  Half of the committee will be non-management employees and in representative numbers as outlined in General Statute 95-252.

  1. Selection
    Employee safety representatives are selected by and from both management and non-management employees.  The Director of Plant Operations and Maintenance (Safety Coordinator) will facilitate the selection process of the committee members.
  2. Chairpersons
    The Safety Committee is co-chaired by the Vice President of Administrative Services and a representative selected by the members of the committee.
  3. Rights and Responsibilities
    The Safety Committee, within reasonable limits and in a reasonable manner, exercises the following:
  1. Reviews the safety and health program established by the employer.
  2. Reviews incidents involving work-related fatalities, injuries, and illnesses, and complaints by employees regarding safety or health hazards.
  3. Reviews, upon the request of the committee or upon the request of the employer’s representatives or employee representatives of the committee, 1) the employer’s work injury and illness records, other than personally identifiable medical information, and 2) other reports or documents relating to occupational safety and health.
  4. Conducts inspections of the worksite at least once every three (3) months and in response to complaints by employees or committee members regarding safety or health hazards. (See Section V, Self Inspection)
  5. Conducts interviews with employees in conjunction with inspections of the worksite.
  6. Conducts meetings, at least once every three (3) months, and maintains written minutes of the meetings.
  7. Investigates employee exposure to toxic materials and harmful physical agents.
  8. Establishes procedures for exercising the rights of the committee.
  9. Makes recommendations on behalf of the committee, and in making recommendations, permits any members of the committee to submit separate views to management for improving the program.





The Safety Coordinator facilitates all safety and health training necessary and retains all written plans required to maintain an ongoing, effective safety and health program.

Deans, directors and supervisors should be our most knowledgeable, skillful, and safety-conscious employees.  Deans, directors and supervisors are to set a good example for subordinates and function as their trainer.

During the initial orientation of current and new employees, management ensures that each person has information needed to be fully capable of coping with all potential emergencies. The rights and responsibilities of the Safety Committee are outlined above, and Safety Committee members and supervisors will receive additional training on the college’s safety and health program, hazard recognition, and hazard correction and control.  (See Section IV, Written Hazard Communication Program.)

Occupational safety and health refresher training will be provided for appropriate employees and committee members at least annually and when operational changes create the need for new or different safety or health hazard training.


The time during which employees are participating in training and education activities is considered as hours worked for purposes of wages, benefits, and other terms and conditions of employment.  The training and education will be provided at no cost to the employees.  Members of the Safety Committee will be allowed reasonable time to fulfill the responsibilities of the committee.


The standard operating procedure for securing trained first aid personnel is to contact the local Emergency Medical Services at 9-911. Emergency telephone numbers (fire, rescue, etc.) will be conspicuously posted near every telephone.

Note:   North Carolina is a Good Samaritan state; however, employees should be aware that if an employee chooses to render assistance, the employee is doing so by his/her own choice and is not required to render assistance as part of his/her job responsibility.

The responses to emergency situations that may affect all employees will be planned and coordinated by the Director of Plant Operations and Maintenance and the Safety Committee. Deans and directors will identify and plan courses of action for special emergencies which would be confined to their sphere of responsibility. 

Emergency drills will be practices exercised as often as necessary to insure proficiency in coping with the emergency, but no less than twice per year. Target times are once during Fall Semester and once during Spring Semester.


Personal injuries, property damage, accidents, “near misses” that could have resulted in personal injury and all occupational illnesses will be promptly and thoroughly investigated to determine what happened, why it happened, and what should be done to prevent recurrence of similar mishaps or conditions. The responsible supervisor will insure that such an investigation is conducted and will obtain technical assistance from other sources, as needed. 

The Director of Plant Operations and Maintenance will review all such reports and recommend any further action necessary. Employees who are involved in an accident should notify their supervisor immediately. The supervisor will advise the Controller immediately of the accident and also ensure that an Accident Investigation Report is filled out and turned into the Controller and the Safety Coordinator by the close of the next business day.