Student Health and Safety Training
This executive order is issued pursuant to authority of Section II of the Standing Orders of the Board of Trustees of the California State University. Through adoption of the following statement of policy, The California State University recognizes Occupational Health & Safety (e.g. Environmental Health & Safety or EH&S) as an integral function throughout The California State University system.
EH&S includes policies and practices designed to mitigate the risk of injury and illness to California State University employees and to promote campus health and safety programs. These injuries and/or illnesses may arise from work related activities in the form of accidents, or exposure to potentially harmful practices, conditions, substances and equipment. Certain types of student activities are also addressed.
The California State University, its officers, and employees are responsible for developing and maintaining injury and illness prevention programs, and ensuring that activities and tasks are performed in a manner that reasonably control hazards that can cause injuries or illnesses.
- Systemwide Office of Risk Management
The chancellor has designated that the Office of Systemwide Risk Management has administrative oversight responsibility for developing risk management programs, resource documents and training programs. EH&S is an important component to the campuses of the California State University in developing programs, resource documents and training programs for the California State University employees.
The chief risk officer, Systemwide Risk Management shall provide guidance on the application of EH&S policies and procedures appropriate to the CSU and in accordance with applicable regulations.
- Campus Presidents
Campus presidents will designate a campus EH&S program administrator and provide authority to the program administrator to develop and maintain the campus health and safety program.
- Campus EH&S Program Administrator
Campus EH&S program administrators are responsible for developing and maintaining a campus health and safety program that meets the requirements of the Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) (California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 8, section 3203) as well as other applicable California and Federal Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA) requirements.
- Campus Departments
Campus deans and department chairs should promote healthy and safe classrooms by assisting the EH&S program administrators in evaluating the need for student health and safety training, with a focus on those courses wherein there is a potential for exposure to biological, chemical and/or physical hazards.
- Campus Health and Safety Program
Campuses shall develop, implement and maintain a health and safety program that includes but is not limited to, the following elements (see title 8 CCR 3203):
For educational activities, where there is a potential for exposure to biological, chemical
and/or physical hazards (e.g. chemistry or engineering labs), campuses shall evaluate
the need for student health and safety training. In cases where student training is determined
to be necessary, the following should be considered:
- Developing and implementing student training programs that inform of the potential
hazards and the safe educational practices/procedures that must be utilized to avoid
injury or illness.
- Student training should be documented and kept on file.
- A system or method for resolving training deficiencies.
Campus presidents will ensure that the responsibility for providing student
healtb and safety training is defined and documented. Campus presidents should
ensure that the campus EH&S program administrator encourages and supports
departments in providing and emphasizing student safety training.
Campuses shall develop and maintain a system for ensuring that employee medical monitoring
requirements are met. (CSU EMMPM, §1.3 and §1.4, Title 8 CCR §5208 and CCR §3203) Human
Resources, in collaboration with the EH&S Program Administrator, is encouraged to consider
the following when managing medical monitoring requirements:
- Determine and establish responsibilities for campus units that have a role in medical
- Methods for notifying affected employees and supervisors.
- Documentation and maintenance of medical monitoring activities.
Campus EH&S Program Administrators shall provide an annual Health and Safety Program
report to the university president with a copy to the Systemwide Office of Risk Management.
Items to consider for the report include:
- Review of significant events
- Program trends
- Status reports for key program areas (e.g. training, inspections etc.)
- Performance data
It will be the University President or his/her designee’s responsibility to ensure
the annual reporting requirement is accomplished.