Isothermal Community College

Learning College Manual

Emergency and Safety Plans

Occupational Procedures and Plan                                        

Below is a summary of required OSHA procedures and plans. The plans are located in the Occupational Handbook located on the College’s website, Human Resources office, and Library.

Accident Investigation

This written program establishes guidelines and procedures for the prompt investigation of accidents where injury has occurred and incidents where near miss or property damage has occurred. 

Asbestos Procedure

This Asbestos Program applies to all college employees, contractors, visitors, and vendors when entering the property of the College. The program is available to all employees and their designated representatives.

The purpose of this program is to establish guidelines and procedures in the operations and maintenance of asbestos-containing materials at the College to protect all employees, contractors, visitors, and vendors from potential health hazards of asbestos-related diseases.

It is the policy of the College that only qualified contractors shall be involved in any asbestos repairs, maintenance, or removal. All college employees shall be protected from exposure to asbestos fibers by isolating and controlling access to all affected areas during asbestos work. All tasks involving the disturbance of asbestos-containing material will be conducted only after appropriate work controls have been identified and implemented. A qualified contractor’s supervisor shall be available at asbestos-controlled work sites during all activities.

Bloodborne Pathogens/Exposure Control Plan

The purpose of the Exposure Control Plan is to significantly reduce the risk of infection for employees with potential to be exposed to blood or body fluids. The targeted diseases include Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

This plan and noted procedures are in compliance with the standards U.S. Department of Labor in 29 CFR 1910.1030 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), pertaining to employees who may be subject to occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens.

This plan identifies the job classifications that have been determined to have potential exposure to blood and other potentially-infectious materials at the College. This plan also describes the methods of compliance with applicable requirements of the Standard and a procedure for evaluating exposure incidents. All full- and part-time employees of the College who may be at risk for exposure to bloodborne pathogens are required to comply with this plan and with requirements of the Standard.

College employees involved in the instruction of students at off-campus clinical sites will comply with the plan established by that facility as well as the Exposure Control Plan of the College.

Departments/divisions utilizing on-campus sites for instruction in which there is a high risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens will establish specific exposure-control policies and procedures as applicable to the situation in conjunction with the Program Director/Coordinator.

Chemical Hygiene/Laboratories Program

This Plan satisfies the requirements of the U.S. Department of Labor, and the NC Department of Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 29 CFR Part 1910.1450, Occupational Exposures  to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories. The objective of this Standard is to protect employees from health hazards associated with hazardous chemicals in the laboratory.

The College’s Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) answers the questions lab chemical users need to know to work safely. Chemical lab usage must be planned with safety as a top priority.

Confined Spaces

This Confined Space Program applies to all employees, contractors, visitors , and vendors when entering confined spaces on the property of the College or other sites.  The program is available to all employees and their designated representatives.

Contractor Safety

This procedure highlights the safe working practices required for all contractors working at the facilities of the College. It is intended to improve safety performance and to ensure the safety of contract employees as well as the employees of the College. Contractors will be furnished a copy of this procedure before commencing work for the College.

Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout Program)

The lockout/tagout program is to ensure machines and equipment are isolated from potentially hazardous energy, whether it is steam, electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, or gas. Lockout or tagout must occur before employees perform service, maintenance, or renovation. This is important in situations where unexpected start-up could cause personal injury, fire, or equipment damage.

Electrical Safety

This program covers any college employee who may work on or be exposed to exposed electrical systems.

Hazard Communication

The College is firmly committed to providing each of its employees a safe and healthy work environment.  The purpose of this procedure is to protect our employees as well as the public from injuries or illnesses that may result from exposure to hazardous chemicals or substances within our workplace.

Hearing Conservation

This procedure is to provide guidelines to protect the hearing of those employees exposed to noise levels in excess of 85 dBA, to provide a uniform method of dealing with noise and hearing conservation for all departments, and to develop historical data.

Machine Guarding

The Machine Guarding Program is designed to protect employees from hazards of moving machinery. All hazardous areas of a machine shall be guarded to prevent accidental "caught in" situations.

Modified Duty

The College believes the best approach to control incidents and their related costs is to prevent injuries and illnesses from occurring. We are committed to utilizing our resources to provide a safe and healthful work environment for all our employees. The primary objective of this program is to assure effective medical care for work-related injured employees and to assist with their prompt return to productive work. We are committed to providing prompt, high-quality medical care and returning work-related injured workers to full gainful employment as soon as is medically feasible. Studies show these programs help speed the recovery process. Every person wins with this type of plan; the College retains productive people and minimizes costs, and the workers are better able to return sooner and avoid long-term disabilities. 

Powered Industrial Trucks

This procedure establishes the guidelines for safe operation of powered industrial trucks (PIT) and establishes the minimum performance requirements for safe operation. The procedure shall be followed to ensure safety requirements relating to preventative maintenance and the use of fork trucks, tractors, platform lift trucks, motorized hand trucks powered by electric motors, or internal combustion engines are followed at all times.

Respiratory Protection

The purpose of this procedure is to ensure the protection of all college employees and students from respiratory hazards through proper use of respirators. It is also intended to comply with the OSHA Standard for Respiratory Protection 29 CFR 1910.134 "Respiratory Protection" and 1926.103.