Our goal is to help educate, interpret, and develop policies and procedures to achieve compliance with federal and state regulations. This is accomplished through efficient and effective hazardous waste management, training and technical programs, environmental audits/monitoring, and safety audits.
Working in Isolation
The Working in Isolation policy addresses safety when working alone and considers issues such as spotting a hazard, assessing risk, and finding a safer alternative. The policy guides individuals to include risk control measures that cover engineering controls, administrative controls and the use of personal protective equipment. When working in isolation, please be aware of potential hazards in the work area, mitigate or control those hazards, follow proper safety procedures, and communicate with your supervisor or co-workers when an emergency arises.
- Who should complete eForm?
- All faculty, staff, students, and volunteers working in isolation, both on and off campus
- activity could potentially result in exposure to hazardous materials or equipment that pose a high risk of serious injury or illness
- How often should eForm be completed?
- Should be completed annually
- Who should I call with questions on eForm?
- Contact Risk Management at email@example.com
Blugold Safety Program
Blugold Safety Program
Offered through UWEC’s Department of Risk Management, Safety and Sustainability, this program was created to help increase safety on campus and, at the same time, help lower the risk of injury.
The program is designed to increase awareness of employee safety and to provide a funding tool that allows the campus to invest in loss prevention programs and efforts. The program is to help reduce... 1)property loss claims, 2)employee injuries and 3)corresponding workers' compensation claims.
Goals: The university will use this program to help fund department-requested Loss Prevention/Loss Control ("LP/LC") projects through an application process. Benefits may include:
- Increased safety measures
- Improved efficiencies and compliance
- Reduced insurance premiums
- Fewer accidents
Applications: Departments must complete the “Blugold Safety Program Funding Application” form for their project proposals. These LP/LC proposals can be submitted by any department from UWEC Eau Claire campus or Barron County Campus. The application form can be found here.
Project proposals should address areas concerning risk relating to Workers’ Compensation, Liability, and/or Property. You must also obtain approval of the supervisor within your department. All proposals are subject to applicable procurement, purchasing, and servicing requirements.
All proposals will be reviewed and approved by the University Safety Committee. Maximum funding assistance is $2,500 and subject to approval. Completed proposals will be reviewed by the University Safety Committee once per semester during their regularly scheduled meeting.
More information and program guidelines can be found here.
University Safety Committee
UW-Eau Claire formed a diverse group of experienced and knowledgeable participants to help foster collaborations for the purpose of increasing awareness of safety and security concepts throughout the campus community and educating/engaging students, faculty, staff and community members.
Meetings were conducted on:
December 15, 2021
May 4, 2022
October 13, 2022
Disaster Preparedness and Safety
To raise awareness about the importance of being prepared and equipped for a disaster, please see the ideas below. Some simple steps that you can do at home to help feel more prepared for a possible disaster.
- Make a Plan - Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to keep your plan updated (include relevant Health Department recommendations).
- Build a Kit - Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don't forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies as needed.
- Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness - Limit the impacts the disasters have on you and your family. Know the risk of disasters in your area and check your insurance coverage. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards and act fast if you receive a local warning or alert.
- Teach Youth About Preparedness - Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.
("Safety Net(work) - DOA/BSRM - Sept 2021")
Emergency Management and Operations
Emergency Management Training
Emergencies can occur with little to no warning and may be natural or man-made. Some types of emergencies include power outages, tornadoes, fires, chemical spills, and active shooters. Having an emergency plan helps reduce negative effects, increases safety, and promotes proactive planning of future disasters. But just having a plan may not be enough, we need to also be trained and have the knowledge to execute those plans
Listed below are trainings, at “no cost”, available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Emergency Management Institute. These trainings provide an overview and introduction to Incident Command Systems (ICS) as well as describing the characteristics of effective communication and action steps to take during an emergency
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Emergency Safety Maps
The Emergency Safety Evacuation Maps provide a standardized appearance throughout campus and related buildings of UW-Eau Claire/Barron County. The maps will include information about exiting, fire alarm pull station locations, AED locations, tornado shelters, and fire extinguisher locations. Please click on any of the following links to open that location’s egress map as a PDF file:
Brewer, Campus School, and Zorn
Housing & Residence Life
McPhee Ade Olson
McPhee Physical Education Center
Vicki Lord Larson
Nalox-ZONE Rescue Boxes
What are they?
The box contains Narcan (the brand name of Naloxone) and other resources to be used to help save a life. Narcan spray is a prescription medicine designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. Boxes include Narcan nasal sprays, mask and instructions.
When to use?
Anytime a person is showing signs of an opioid overdose.
What are the signs of an Opioid Overdose?
May include unusual sleepiness, unusual difficulty waking up, or breathing problems.
Who can use it?
Anyone who needs Narcan (emergency or non-emergency)
How do I use it?
There are instructions within the box. There are also training videos you can watch now to be prepared for the future.
Where can I find a box?
There are 19 boxes located next to an AED throughout campus. One in each of the residence halls, Davies Center, Hilltop Center, Library, McPhee, Fine Arts, Zorn and Barron County.
What happens when box is opened?
Police will not respond unless you call them, they are not automatically notified when the box is opened. The campus will be notified electronically, but only for the purpose of re-stocking the box and is not always immediately received.
Where can I find more information?
Please visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
Fire Door Safety
Fire Doors are important because they keep fire or smoke in certain areas and stop fire from spreading throughout the building. Fire doors are an integral part of any building’s passive fire protection system.
In collaboration with the Eau Claire Fire Department, UWEC conducted a training for our residence life staff in regards to fire doors and general fire safety. To view this training click here.
Click Fire Door Information to learn more on the importance of fire doors and keeping them closed.