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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 61.96
Liaison Briar Schoon
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Portland Community College
PA-14: Workplace Health and Safety

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 2.00 Briar Schoon
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities Management Services
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Please enter data in the table below:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of recordable workplace injuries and occupational disease cases 32 61
Full-time equivalent of employees 2,381 2,381
Number of injuries and cases per FTE employee 0.01 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, 2016 Dec. 31, 2016
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2014 Dec. 31, 2014

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):
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Percentage reduction in workplace injuries and occupational disease cases per FTE employee from baseline (0-100):
47.54

Number of workplace injuries and occupational disease cases per 100 FTE employees, performance year:
1.34

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:

PCC safety initiatives include:

--Employee health and safety training including topics such as: new employee safety, emergency teams, driver safety, lab safety, forklift safety, hazardous waste, and department specific safety training.

--Comprehensive drinking water testing for lead in all of PCC facilities.

--Worksite safety and industrial hygiene assessments.

--Ergonomics program that includes assessment and workplace modifications.

--Employee safety committees that monitor health and safety at each campus/center provides a forum for employees to make recommendations on health and safety concerns and improvements to existing health and safety programs.

Additional details:

Integrated Pest Management Training – EH&S has been training all new PCC employees
and all FMS employees regarding Oregon’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
requirements for school districts. The IPM program is such that the involvement of all
employees to deny pests of food sources, water sources and safe harborages is required
to ensure success. Employees participate in this program by properly handling and
disposing of trash, properly storing food, and reporting all water leaks and building
intrusion points to the FMS department for appropriate action. IPM allows the use of
limited registered pesticides only by licensed pesticide applicators and only as a last
resort. As a result of implementing the IPM program, PCC has been able to not only
reduce its reliance on harmful pesticides but also to reduce the amount and toxicity of
approved pesticides.

2. Storm Water Training – EH&S has been training FMS employees on small chemical spill identification and response especially with respect to those spills and conditions that could lead to a discharge to PCC’s storm sewer system. Training addresses proper storage of chemicals, responses to small spills, location and content of spill kits on campuses and reporting. It is PCC’s goal to minimize its impact from roofs, parking lots and other hardscapes to its underground injection points and local waterways by maintaining its storm sewer system and training employees.

3. MSDSonline – EH&S has been training all new PCC employees and providing refresher
training to all employees on the use of MSDSonline. MSDSonline is a subscription-based
safety data sheet management database which allows PCC to track chemical products
and maintain safety data sheets. All chemicals used at PCC must be entered into
MSDSonline and purchases of new chemicals are scrutinized to ensure that that
particularly hazardous chemicals do not come become part of PCC’s chemical inventory.
Currently, PCC has over 5,000+ chemicals in use between its four campuses and
numerous centers.

4. Drinking Water Testing – EH&S recently completed a district-wide initiative to test drinking water sources for lead from all floors of each building owned by PCC. The
results of the testing revealed PCC’s drinking water quality was very high. The results
were posted on an intranet page devoted to PCC’s drinking water along with FAQs,
information on ways to reduce lead in drinking water and information about the various
suppliers of drinking water. By testing the drinking water and communicating the test
results to the PCC community, PCC was able to avoid purchasing large quantities of
bottled water, thereby reducing its plastic waste and the carbon footprint associated
with transporting large shipments of bottled water.


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

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.