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An accident is an unplanned occurrence that may result in damage to people, property, equipment, or the environment. When accidents are reported promptly, injured employees, students, and visitors receive timely medical care and unsafe conditions receive prompt corrective action. The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center’s Environmental Health and Safety Management Program is designed to investigate accidents in order to identify accident trends, determine the effectiveness of current safety programs, and prevent future accidents.

IMPORTANT: Report all accidents to your supervisor, your component’s Environmental Health and Safety Management Office, or the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration, as appropriate. If an injury or exposure occurs on-the-job, complete the WCI Form, Employer's First Report of Injury or Illness.

EXAMPLE: Report hazards, such as missing utility hole covers or chemical spills, to your component’s Safety and Health Office or the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration. Report accidents such as vehicle collisions to the Vice President for Finance and Administration.

Report unsafe conditions or potentially hazardous situations to your components Safety and Health Management Officer or to the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration as quickly as possible. Appropriate departments and outside agencies will be contacted to abate the condition or situation.

2. Americans with Disabilities Act

The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center complies with the requirements and guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This means that new facilities and renovations to existing facilities are designed to provide accessibility for people with disabilities.

Handicapped parking and wheelchair ramps must remain accessible at all times. Do not block these areas or tamper with other accessibility equipment. In addition, do not remove Braille tabs on elevator buttons or other signs.

3. Asbestos

Asbestos is a mineral fiber that causes cancer and various respiratory illnesses. Older buildings constructed prior to 1980 may contain asbestos. Asbestos is commonly found in older appliances, insulation, shingles, siding, putties, and caulking. Generally, it is not a problem unless the material that contains it crumbles or flakes.

The Texas Asbestos Health Protection Rules do not require building owners to conduct inspections and identify all asbestos locations. Inspections are required, however, prior to renovation or dismantling activities.

NOTE: Call the your components Safety Officer or the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration before performing work on campus that will disturb building fixtures, walls, or ceiling (e.g., installing computer cables in the ceiling). The Physical Plant will help ensure that the work does not affect asbestos containing materials.

IMPORTANT: Do not handle asbestos or suspected asbestos or try to remove it yourself.

4. Dress Code

Dress in a manner that does not impair safety. Loose clothing, long hair, dangle jewelry, and sandals may be dangerous around moving equipment.

Always wear clothing that is appropriate for your job. Please contact your supervisor to determine the appropriate clothing for your work environment.