Health and Safety

Every employee is responsible for complying with College and governmental safety and health standards in the work area, using protective equipment, and promptly reporting hazardous conditions and job-related injuries. 

Purpose/Reason for Policy: To outline Guilford’s commitment to health and safety and to provide guidance to all employees on the standards to which the College expects its employees to adhere. 

Scope/Covered Persons: All members of the Guilford College Community

The Policy: Guilford College is committed to the health and safety of its students, employees and visitors. The entire campus community bears responsibility for developing and practicing safety awareness. All campus community members are asked to comply with the following:

  • Use common sense in performing duties.
  • Report any work injury or illness to a supervisor.
  • Report unsafe conditions to a supervisor or the director of Public Safety.
  • Do not use any equipment, vehicles or materials when overly tired, nauseated, feverish or under the influence of any substance that may affect judgment.
  • Keep the work area neat and tidy.
  • Use mechanical devices or request assistance in lifting heavy loads.
  • Wear seat belts when operating any College or rented vehicle or driving a personal vehicle while on College business.
  • Be sure that aisles or exits are kept clear; do not let cords interfere with walkways.
  • Keep paper clips, tacks, pins and other objects off the floors.
  • Properly store all sharp objects when not in use.
  • Open and close doors cautiously, and use extra caution at blind hallway intersections.
  • Open only one file cabinet drawer at a time to avoid tipping over the cabinet. Cabinets should also be loaded from bottom to top and emptied in the reverse order.
  • Report or clean up all spills immediately.
  • Use step stools, platforms or ladders for climbing. Never use chairs.
  • Report or replace frayed electrical cords.

Roles and Responsibilities: Employees and students should immediately report incidents and accidents on campus (regardless of severity), as well as concerns about unsafe health, safety or environmental conditions, to their supervisor, the director of Human Resources or to the director of Public Safety. 

Compliance: Failure to comply with general safety standards may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

Other related Policies, Regulations, Statutes and Documents: Emergency Operations Plan

Approval Authority: the Director of Public Safety 

Responsible Office: Director of Public Safety, Bauman L010C 336.316.2907, ThomasJA2@Guilford.edu

Revision History: Updated in the Employee Handbook revision of 2018