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Safety Procedures

We’ve developed policies for a wide variety of procedures.  Contact us for a full copy of any policy listed below.

Aerial Platforms and Scissor Lifts

Aerial platform and scissor lifts are used by a number of college employees. This policy ensures that the lifts are operated in a safe and consistent manner.

No person shall bring any animal(s) into a college facility unless that animal is a service animal, under the control of a law enforcement officer acting in the course of their duties, or approved by the appropriate department.
Bloodborne Pathogens 

The Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan (ECP) provides policies and safe practices to prevent the spread of disease resulting from handling blood or other potentially infections materials during the course of work. In addition to the Exposure Control Plan, your department may have a site-specific policy that can be obtained from your department representative.

If you (student, staff or faculty) have had exposure to blood or other potentially infectious material, along with an accident injury report, please complete and submit the following forms to the office of Occupational Health and Fire Safety.

Chemical Hygiene Plan

The Hope College Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) is established to:

  • Prevent environmental contamination
  • Provide an environment for high quality research while maintaining a safe workplace
  • Comply with applicable federal, state, and local requirements
Confined Space
We've identified those spaces on campus that qualify as "confined spaces" by OSHA standards, marked them to indicate that they are confined spaces, established guidelines, and provided safety equipment for the times when our employees may need to work in these areas.
Contractor Safety
These regulations apply to all contractors working on campus, meant to prevent injury, illness, property damage, or any other form of loss both to the contractors and to the campus community.
Distracted Driving
College employees are not permitted to use a handheld cell phone while driving college vehicles.
Fire Safety

These regulations have several components to prevent fires on campus. We also have fire extinguishers that are regularly maintained, clearly marked emergency exits, annual safety inspections and set procedures in place for dealing with any fire that may occur on campus.

Portable Space Heater Safety Guideline

Fire Door Information

Heating Radiators Safety

Golf Carts & Utility Vehicles
Anyone operating a golf cart or similar vehicle on campus must follow certain procedures for the safety of the campus community.
Hazardous Chemicals

Our department works with the Chemistry Lab Director to make sure that all employees who may encounter hazardous chemicals are given proper information and training.

View our Chemical Inventory & SDS information.

Hazardous Energy (Lockouts and Tagouts)

Equipment that might injure employees by unexpectedly releasing stored energy is either tagged with warnings against energizing the equipment or locks to prevent unauthorized persons from accesssing it.

Health and Medical Services
Employees who undergo a work-related illness or injury should go to the Holland MediCenter for treatment. (Non-work-related illnesses and injuries should still be treated by the employee's personal doctor or a local hospital.) In the event of an emergency, call 911. If you have a traumatic injury that requires going to Holland Community Hospital, tell them that the injury is work-related.
Hot Work

This policy applies to employees and contractors that will be performing temporary activities involving open flames or producing heat or sparks. This includes, but is not limited to: brazing, cutting, grinding, soldering, thawing pipe, torch-applied roofing and welding. A Hot Work Permit is required to be completed and submitted for approval prior to work is to be performed.

Hot Work Permit Form

Noise Protection
Contact us if you have concerns about high noise levels while working on campus. Engineering controls and other sound-deadening devices are installed as possible to reduce noise levels. If these are insufficient, we do have hearing protection devices for affected employees to choose from.
Open Flame
The City of Holland Fire Department does not permit the use of any flame, burning candle or candles in any place of assembly without approval of the proper officials. Hope College prohibits open flames in or around college housing. Candles, even unlit, are not permitted in college housing. 
Personal Protective Equipment
The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Program protects employees from risk of injury by creating a barrier against workplace hazards. This program specifically addresses eye, face, head, foot and hand protection.
Powered Industrial Truck
All employees who will need to operate a Powered Industrial Lift Truck must undergo training and pass a written and skills test.