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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 Gold
Overall Score 66.74
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Submission Date Jan. 26, 2017
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STARS v2.1

New Mexico State University
PA-14: Workplace Health and Safety

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.55 / 2.00 David Shearer
Assistant Director
Environmental Health and Safety
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Please enter data in the table below:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of recordable workplace injuries and occupational disease cases 116 249
Full-time equivalent of employees 3,938 8,113
Number of injuries and cases per FTE employee 0.03 0.03

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2015 Dec. 31, 2015
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2006 Dec. 31, 2006

A brief description of when and why the workplace health and safety baseline was adopted (e.g. in sustainability plans and policies or in the context of other reporting obligations):

In response to injuries and accidents, regular workplace health and safety training was started via withing the NMSU EH&S office in 2000. EH&S determined that many injuries in maintenance, custodial and lab areas were preventable with regular training and increased repair of safety deficiencies. In 2004 and 2006 EH&S was able to increase inspection of campus, provide oversight of activities and increase employee safety training.

Percentage reduction in workplace injuries and occupational disease cases per FTE employee from baseline (0-100):

Number of workplace injuries and occupational disease cases per 100 FTE employees, performance year:

A brief description of the institution’s workplace health and safety initiatives, including how workers are engaged in monitoring and advising on health and safety programs:

NMSU encourages and supports all programs that promote safety, good health, and well-being of all NMSU employees as well as students and visitors. Good environmental, health and safety practices are the responsibility of each person on the NMSU campus. For an entire overview of the Environmental, Health and Safety Program at NMSU, please view the Employee Safety Handbook. The NMSU Safety Policy and Safety Vision, can be viewed at the EH&S website at http://safety.nmsu.edu.

The NMSU Loss Prevention and Control Program is a comprehensive and systematic approach to the many facets of safety and environmental protection. Its purpose is to provide a safe and healthy environment for the University community and reduce the number, severity and potential costs of injuries, illnesses and harmful activities. Loss prevention generally includes proactive measures to prevent or abate potential risks. This may be in the form of improved safety and training programs; implementing new, less hazardous processes; programs/projects to reduce injuries and property loss; and/ or general safety enhancements. Loss control is the act of reducing severity by identifying the factors that aggravate or increase a loss and taking proactive measures to lessen the effects of those factors.

If an employee has a safety concern and would like to report the concern anonymously, NMSU has provided a Confidential Reporting Line via EthicsPoint to report these concerns. Injury and Illness reporting guidance, as well as any other safety reporting guidance, can be found on the EH&S website.

Employees are reminded to report work-related injuries and illness to their supervisor. In 2015, 90% of supervisors completed a Supervisor Accident Investigation Report and determined cause of the incident and what mitigation steps should be taken. EH&S reviews each report of injury or illness and provides recommendations to supervisor.

EH&S provides extensive inspections of workplace conditions, reviews incidents and comprehensive safety training for our custodian, skill workers, agricultural workers and academic employees (facutuly, lab workers, research assistants and graduate students)

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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