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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 67.88
Liaison Mary Easterling
Submission Date Sept. 14, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Pennsylvania State University
PA-14: Workplace Health and Safety

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.96 / 2.00 Mary Easterling
Assoc Director, Analysis & Assessment
Sustainability Institute
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Please enter data in the table below:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of recordable workplace injuries and occupational disease cases 202 236
Full-time equivalent of employees 15,577 15,036
Number of injuries and cases per FTE employee 0.01 0.02

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2016 Dec. 31, 2016
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2009 Dec. 31, 2009

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):

The baseline year of 2009 was chosen because this is the first year that Penn State used the OSHA recordkeeping standards as the basis for tracking work-related injuries and illnesses.


Percentage reduction in workplace injuries and occupational disease cases per FTE employee from baseline (0-100):
17.38

Number of workplace injuries and occupational disease cases per 100 FTE employees, performance year:
1.30

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:

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is responsible for the development and implementation of environmental and occupational health and safety programs throughout Penn State's multi-campus system. EHS has five areas of responsibility: Environmental Protection, Laboratory and Research Safety, Workplace Safety, Radiation Protection and Hazardous Materials. Additional information about each of these areas can be found at the web link below.

The University Safety Council is comprised of members representing academic colleges and administrative units. These representatives, commonly referred to as "Safety Officers", are responsible for developing and implementing, under the guidance of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, a comprehensive and practical occupational health and safety program, and maintaining an environment that is conducive to the safety, health and well-being of the University community.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Values were only available for all of Penn State's campuses combined. Therefore we adjusted the above values by multiplying them by the ratio of University Park campus employees to all Penn State employees (15,577/35,053 = 0.4444). The number of recordable incidents for all campuses combined was 455 for 2016 and 532 for 2009.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.