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
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.
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
Confined Spaces
  • Entry into spaces with limited access/egress and not designed for routine occupancy (i.e. manholes, vaults, tunnels, excavations, and interstitial spaces)
Lock Out – Tag Out
  • Maintenance, adjustment, modification, or inspection of powered equipment (electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic, steam, or kinetic energy power sources)
Fall Protection
  • Entry onto rooftops
  • Work on surfaces elevated 4’ or greater (exc. ladders, theater stages and athletic apparatus)
  • Use of any portable ladder or step stool
  • Standing, walking, or working on any temporary scaffolding, regardless of activity or location
  • Any digging or excavation using hand or powered tools or equipment
  • Driving stakes or posts
  • Handling heavy or awkward items
  • Storing materials and equipment
Hot Work
  • Welding, cutting, braising, burning or soldering
Machine Guarding
  • Machines with rotating shafts, pulleys, gears or other accessible parts which may cut, crush, or entangle body parts or clothing
  • Hiring minors and assigning them suitable tasks
  • Athletics, recreation center and shop laundries
Portable Power Tools
  • Corded and cordless portable power tool use
  • Work outdoors in hot or cold weather
  • Handling hot/cold materials
  • Work involving activities such as cutting, grinding, welding, and chemical use
Hearing Protection
  • Work around loud noises
Respiratory Protection
  • Work requiring respiratory protection
Motor Vehicles
  • Operating Whitman owned or leased motor vehicles
  • Operating forklifts and pallet jacks
Utility Carts
  • Operating golf carts, ATVs, and similar small motorized equipment
Window Cleaning
  • Cleaning windows above the ground floor level
Personnel lifts
  • Using scissor, snorkel, or other personnel lifts
    • Powered or manual
Dangerous Wastes and Universal Wastes
  • Identifying Dangerous and Universal Wastes
  • Accumulating Wastes
  • Disposing of Dangerous and Universal Wastes
Electrical Closets and Panels
  • Work in and around electrical closets and panels - 600V or less