Frequently Asked Questions

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Environmental Health & Safety

Fire Code Compliance

Occupational Health & Safety

Risk Management

Worker's Compensation


Environmental Health & Safety

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Fire Code Compliance

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Occupational Health & Safety

I need a waste pickup - I have chemical and/or biological waste.  What should I do?

Chemical waste pickups are scheduled semi-annually.  You can contact EHS for further information on waste pickup and schedules.  If you need biological waste picked up contact EHS.  A pickup will be scheduled for you as soon as possible.

How do I sign up for safety training courses?

You can register for courses online through the Learning Center.  Visit the safety training category on the EHS website for more details.

How do I get a copy of a Safety Data Sheet?

You can request a copy of the material safety data sheet from the vendor when you purchase a chemical.  You can also look it up on MSDSonline.

Do I need to be fit tested to wear a respirator?

Yes.  If you perform work that requires the use of a tight fitting respirator, please contact the EHS department to schedule a training and fit testing session.

What do I do if I detect an unusual odor at work?

If you detect an unusual odor, contact the work order desk at 974-2247.  A member of the Physical Plant and/or EHS will come to your location to investigate the odor.

How do I request an Ergonomic Assessment?

If individuals are feeling discomfort or cannot male adjustments to their workstation after utilizing the self-assessment tool, they are encouraged to contact EHS for an evaluation of their workstation.

For additional information, please visit EHS Occupational Health & Safety page.

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Risk Management

I am driving to a conference.  What documents should I carry with me?

The Accident Information Tri-fold, RM Card - Accident Card, and the Verification Letter of Liability Insurance.

I am planning on traveling outside of the U.S. for official UCO business. What do I need to do?

Register your travel on the UCO Travel Registry (located on the Risk Mangement webpage) at least 60 days in advance if possible.

I am planning an event on campus.  Do I need to contact Risk Management?

If your event involves any of the following, please contact our office.  Minors, Physical Activity, Tents, Paint (or other chemicals), Food, Inflatables/Rides, Grilling, Animals, Large Crowds/Participation, or any activity out of the ordinary (ie strobe lights, dark rooms, fog machines).

My org is renting inflatables for an event we are having. What is needed?

Please submit a photo of the inflatable(s), a certificate of liability insurance naming UCO as certificate holder (from the vendor), and a OK DOL inspection report for each inflatable.

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Worker's Compensation

While I was loading the copier with paper, I felt a sharp pain in my back. What do I do?

Call our office to obtain approval for a medical evaluation. If you don't feel like you need medical treatment at this time, complete the Occupational Injury Report form and submit to the Risk Manager as soon as possible. After a few days and you are still hurting and want to see a doctor, please call our office.

After coming back from an approved visit (Risk Management or CBR) to the doctor for a work related injury, how do I document my timecard?

The time you use for an medical appointment related to a work related injury is counted as paid administrative leave.  For questions on how to notate this on your timecard, please contact Payroll.

While I was leaving my office and headed to teach a class, I tripped and fell down the stairs.  I think I broke my leg. What do I do?

For emergencies, call 911 and head to the nearest ER.  Follow up with your supervisor and our office as soon as possible.

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