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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.62
Liaison Michael Kensler
Submission Date Jan. 11, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Auburn University
PA-12: Workplace Health and Safety

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.15 / 2.00 Margaret Smith
Safety Manager
Facilities Management
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Please enter data in the table below::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of reportable workplace injuries and occupational disease cases 94 160
Full-time equivalent of employees 6,431 6,082

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2014 Dec. 31, 2014
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2008 Dec. 31, 2008

A brief description of when and why the workplace health and safety baseline was adopted:

From 2005-2011, the number of workplace injuries was fairly consistent, averaging 160. 2008 comes closest, along with 2006, to reflecting that exact average at 163.


A brief description of the institution’s workplace health and safety initiatives:

Home to more than 450 employees, Facilities Management is one of the university’s largest departments. A majority of its employees work in the field: operating heavy equipment, inspecting construction sites, performing carpentry work, landscaping, painting and cleaning. They also work with hazardous materials, around low and high voltage, and at heights. The department’s efforts to lower accident rates among its employees began four years ago when it hired its first safety manager – Margaret Smith. Ms. Smith built the department’s safety training program, which now includes a variety of monthly, weekly and specialty workshops.

Department directors and supervisors also do their part to facilitate a safety-first culture.

The decrease in accidents is due to a combination of weekly supervisor training meetings, monthly training, and the safety reminders and signs posted throughout Facilities Management. Facilities Management will continue to emphasize and promote a safety-first culture.


The website URL where information about the institution’s workplace health and safety initiatives is available:

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