Workplace Health and Safety

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PA 15: Workplace Health and Safety – version 2.2

Frequently Asked Questions

How has this credit changed between STARS 2.1 to 2.2?

Substantive changes have been made to this credit. The credit has been revised to recognize OHS management systems. A comprehensive list of differences can be found in the 2.2 Summary of changes.

Are there other credits that ask for the same information?

Full-time equivalent of employees should be consistent between PA 15 and PRE 5 if the same Performance Year and pool of employees is used, though it is common for a different pool of employees to be referenced between the two credits. Valid discrepancies can be clarified in the Notes field. See related Help Center article on sharing information between credits.

Resources, Templates & Tools

Example Responses

  • University of California, Irvine – Comprehensive responses for both parts. Methodology section explains why there is a valid discrepancy between PA 15 and PRE 5.
  • University of New Hampshire – Comprehensive responses for both parts. Notes field explains why there is a valid discrepancy between PA 15 and PRE 5.

Common Issues Identified During Review

  • Numeric outliers: Response of .1 or higher under “Number of injuries and cases per FTE employee” or 10 or higher under “Number of workplace injuries and occupational disease cases per 100 FTE employees” may indicate a data entry error.
  • Part 1: Affirmative responses must be supported by information provided in descriptive fields. If indicating that the occupational health and safety management system uses a nationally or internationally recognized standard or guideline, supporting documentation must be provided.

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