Section 10 - Building Inspection Program

 The inspection program can be viewed as fact finding with emphasis on locating potential hazards that can adversely affect safety of employees and students.  Its primary purpose is to detect potential hazards so that they can be corrected before an accident occurs.  The inspection program can determine conditions that need to be corrected or improved to bring operations up to the acceptable standards both from safety and operational standpoints.  Secondary purposes are to improve operations and thus to increase efficiency, effectiveness and productivity.  While management ultimately has the responsibility for inspecting the work place, responsibility for carrying out the actual and state inspection process extends throughout the campus.

Responsibilities:

  1. The University Safety Coordinator will endeavor to conduct semi-annual formal safety walk- through inspections.  At an absolute minimum, this type of inspection will be conducted once each year.
  2. Additional Duty Safety Officers (see Appendix B) in buildings which present extensive special safety concerns as a result of the activities carried out in the buildings will conduct building inspections of their respective building at least twice yearly.  These inspections will be documented and a copy sent to the University Safety Coordinator.  These buildings include, but are not limited to, the following:

    Archer Physics

    Art Building

    Chemistry Building

    Chemical Storage Building #1

    Civil Engineering Lab Building

    Geology Building

    Hayes Biology Building

    LUIT Buildings #1 Through #5. 

    McDonald Gymnasium

    Most Physical Plant Buildings

    Weight Room

  3. Building coordinators, or their designated representatives, of all other buildings are responsible for helping ensure safety in their respective buildings.  They will conduct and periodic inspections and report items which need to be corrected to the responsible individual or department.  An information copy of this report will be furnished to the University Safety Coordinator. If the standard evacuation plan (Section 7) is not adequate for the building involved, building coordinators will develop an emergency evacuation plan specific to the building and ensure that is known by faculty, staff and students.  If necessary, the University Safety Coordinator should be consulted for assistance in preparing the plan. A copy of this plan will be posted in several conspicuous places in each building, and a copy sent to the University Safety Coordinator.

Documentation:

  1. Supervisors and managers will use a checklist (example - Appendix D) to serve as a guide and to document random or periodic inspections.  Additions or modifications to customize the checklist for a particular building are encouraged; however, the final form must be coordinated  with the University Safety Coordinator.
  2. Supervisors and managers will provide a copy of the inspection results to the University Safety Coordinator. Supervisors and managers will provide the University Safety Coordinator with update status reports on corrective actions and follow-up actions taken and corrective actions still outstanding.
  3. The University Safety Coordinator will conduct random checks on corrective actions taken and conduct and document at least the twice yearly campus-wide comprehensive inspection.