Certain tasks, conditions and locations you may encounter in your work at the College have been identified as potentially hazardous because of their location, materials or equipment used or present, or because hazardous atmospheres may be present. In order to ensure a safe workplace specific programs and procedures listed in this appendix are incorporated into the Accident Prevention Program. Employees engaging in any listed activity must adhere to the conditions set forth in the applicable program, to include completion and use of attendant forms. Use the table below to determine if your activities are included.

Programs information developed specifically for Whitman College is available at the Environmental Health and Safety web site or you may contact them for individual assistance.

  • Click on links in the “Program Title” box to view Whitman-specific information.
  • Click on links in the “Applicable Regulations” box to view regulations upon which Whitman’s programs are based.
Program TitleActivityApplicable Regulation(s)
Asbestos and Lead
  • Cutting, grinding or abrading surfaces first painted prior to 1990
  • Remodeling/demolition in structures constructed prior to 1990
  • Ceiling tile, carpet or floor tile work (exc. cleaning) in buildings constructed prior to 1990
  • Any activity involving insulated pipes or boiler components
  • Cutting, breaking or abrading cement tile, board, or pipe
Laboratory Safety
  • Faculty and staff working in their assigned laboratories[1] or art studios
  • o Includes field camps and remote locations
  • Employees other than assigned lab staff working in labs
  • Labs using chemicals must complete a lab-specific safety notebook and comply with the Whitman College Chemical Hygiene Plan
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=296-828
Hazard Communication
  • Chemical use other than in laboratories and art studios
  • Chemicals used by maintenance and custodial employees, regardless of location
  • Includes paint and paint related materials, commercial cleaning materials, lubricants, automotive fluids, pesticides, etc.
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=296-800-170
Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Healthcare workers having direct contact with patients
  • Custodial workers, coaches and athletic trainers, and other employees who may be required to clean up blood spills, render first aid, or otherwise come into contact with body fluids
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=296-823
Confined Spaces
  • Entry into spaces with limited access/egress and not designed for routine occupancy (i.e. manholes, vaults, tunnels, excavations, and interstitial spaces)
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=296-809
Lock Out – Tag Out
  • Maintenance, adjustment, modification, or inspection of powered equipment (electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic, steam, or kinetic energy power sources)
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=296-803
Fall Protection
  • Entry onto rooftops
  • Work on surfaces elevated 4’ or greater (exc. ladders, theater stages and athletic apparatus)
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=296-155-24601
Ladders
  • Use of any portable ladder or step stool
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=296-876
Scaffolding
  • Standing, walking, or working on any temporary scaffolding, regardless of activity or location
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=296-874
Excavation
  • Any digging or excavation using hand or powered tools or equipment
  • Driving stakes or posts
Material Handling and Storage
  • Handling heavy or awkward items
  • Storing materials and equipment
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=296-800-22035
Hot Work
  • Welding, cutting, braising, burning or soldering
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=296-155-400
Machine Guarding
  • Machines with rotating shafts, pulleys, gears or other accessible parts which may cut, crush, or entangle body parts or clothing
http://app.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=296-806
Minors
  • Hiring minors and assigning them suitable tasks
http://app.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=296-125
Laundry
  • Athletics, recreation center and shop laundries
http://app.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=296-303
Portable Power Tools
  • Corded and cordless portable power tool use
http://app.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=296-807
Heat/Cold Injury Prevention
  • Work outdoors in hot or cold weather
  • Handling hot/cold materials
  • Work involving activities such as cutting, grinding, welding, and chemical use
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=296-800-160
Hearing Protection
  • Work around loud noises
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=296-817
Respiratory Protection
  • Work requiring respiratory protection
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=296-842
Motor Vehicles
  • Operating Whitman owned or leased motor vehicles
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=296-865
Forklifts
  • Operating forklifts and pallet jacks
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=296-863
Utility Carts
  • Operating golf carts, ATVs, and similar small motorized equipment
http://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=46.08.175
Window Cleaning
  • Cleaning windows above the ground floor level
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=296-878
Personnel lifts
  • Using scissor, snorkel, or other personnel lifts
    • Powered or manual
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=296-869
Dangerous Wastes and Universal Wastes
  • Identifying Dangerous and Universal Wastes
  • Accumulating Wastes
  • Disposing of Dangerous and Universal Wastes
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=173-303
Heat Exposure
  • Work in all campus locations where temperature exceeds 52° F
  • Work outdoors (regardless of temperature) from May 1 through September 30
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=296-62-095