3.20 Health and Safety Policy

Alexandria Technical & Community College is committed to the safety of its students, faculty, and staff. This commitment will be demonstrated through modern and well-maintained equipment, proper safety procedures, and a major emphasis on the reduction of unsafe acts within the college. It is everyone's responsibility within the college to conduct all activities in a safe manner. With everyone responsible, the awareness towards safety will enable the college to provide a safe and injury-free environment.

This policy is designed to provide the general overall safety policy for the college. All individual education programs will discuss specific safety policies as they relate to their program and equipment. These policies will be strictly enforced. Willful disregard to safety procedures will be subject to disciplinary action to include withdrawal from the college. Achieving a safe work and learning environment involves everyone. Your support is needed and expected.

Dr. Kevin J. Kopischke

The following safety policies and procedures were developed by the Alexandria Technical & Community College Safety Committee and are reviewed and revised annually. The Safety Committee is a group of faculty, staff, and students who meet regularly to maintain a safe and healthy educational environment at Alexandria Technical & Community College. Comments or suggestions may be directed to the Safety Committee through the college suggestion system or by contacting the President's Office.

Student and Employee Responsibilities

Students and employees are expected to follow safe procedures and take an active part in the work of protecting themselves, their fellow students, and college personnel. You are encouraged to detect and report to your instructor or supervisor any hazardous conditions, practices, and behavior you see in your area and to make suggestions for their corrections.

Your cooperation is necessary for the protection of yourself and others. It is important that you follow safety rules, take no unnecessary chances, and use all safeguards and safety equipment provided. Violations of safety procedures will result in disciplinary action by supervisors/instructors that may include warnings, suspension, and termination.

The following safe practices are minimum standards.

General Safety

Be alert for unsafe work methods and conditions. Either correct them or report them to your instructor or supervisor immediately.

Develop good housekeeping habits into your daily routine. Keep your own work area clean of clutter, dust, and surface spills. Put tools and equipment in their proper place when you have finished with them and leave your workstation, shop/lab, or classroom clean and tidy at the end of the day.

Horseplay, practical jokes, running in hallways, etc., are not allowed on campus grounds.

Obey all posted warning signs.

Loose clothing is easily caught in machinery. Loose sleeves, ties, aprons, rings, wristwatches, and other jewelry are not recommended on the job.

Your safety suggestions are appreciated and can be put in the comment boxes located throughout the college.

Handling Materials—Proper Lifting Techniques

Don't try to lift objects that may be beyond your physical capacity or training. Get help or use proper mechanical equipment. Hernia or back strain may result from over lifting. Use proper lifting techniques.

Use gloves, aprons, or pads when handling materials that are rough, sharp, hot, cold, or covered with hazardous substances.

When carrying materials, be sure you can see where you are going.

When carrying long objects like pipe or lumber, keep the leading end above head height and keep the trailing end close to the ground.

Pile material on a strong, level base. Interlock so the pile won't come apart. Chock round stock so it can't roll.

Lifting Equipment

Mechanical and hydraulic lifting devices are to be inspected monthly and the status recorded. The record is to be filed and retained by the instructor for one year.

Hydraulic leaks, chain and cable wear, and damaged and bent hooks are to be repaired or replaced prior to use.

You are to use only the proper equipment for the specific job and to immediately report problems to the person who is responsible.

Hand Tools

Cutting tools must be sharpened at the proper angle and kept sharp. Keep them in a protective casing, not your pocket. Store them in a safe place.

The heads of striking tools must be dressed square (with a few exceptions) and without burrs.

Use the right kind and size tool(s) for the task at hand.

Hold screwdrivers, wrenches, chisels, etc., in such a way that if there is a slip or miss, you will not be hurt.

Do not use a file without a handle.

Portable Power Tools

All electric power tools must be UL approved.

Check the insulation on the wires and the condition of plugs and sockets every day. If they are frayed, worn, or broken, have them repaired before using.

String temporary extension cords and power lines so they will not create a tripping hazard and so they are protected from physical damage.

Power tools shall not be used without the guards in safe working condition.

Before using power tools on a wall, floor, or ceiling, be sure electric wires, gas lines, and high-pressure lines are not in the way.

Power Machinery

Use machinery only when you have been authorized to do so and when you have received safety and operating instructions.

Do not operate any machine without guards properly in place and adjusted.

If you see an unguarded machine, report it at once.

A safety guard covers all moving parts and is designed to permit safe oiling and adjusting without removing the guard. If it is necessary to remove the guard, stop the machine and either lock the switch or tag it so another worker will not inadvertently start the machine.

Two-handed controls shall not be bypassed or otherwise made ineffective.

Motorized Vehicles

Operate vehicles only when you have been authorized to do so and when you have received safety and operating instructions.

Passengers are forbidden to ride on vehicles that have not been provided with seats.

Seat belts must be used when operating any vehicle or motorized equipment.

Do not get on or off a vehicle while it is in motion, even slow motion.

Overloading a vehicle with passengers or material is forbidden.

All vehicles will be maintained in a safe operating condition. It is the responsibility of the driver to report any defective condition.

No vehicle shall be driven in a fast or reckless manner. The maximum speed any vehicle shall be driven at any time shall be such that the driver can stop the vehicle within the clear, unobstructed distance ahead, giving due regard to possible unforeseen obstructions and the condition of the road surface and the vehicle. The posted speed shall not be exceeded.

All vehicle accidents, whether involving injury or not, must be reported.

Trade and Industrial Program Safety

High-pressure hose couplings shall have safety chains. Do not disconnect lines until pressure has been released.

All arc welding shall be shielded from walkways.

Do not cut or weld on any tank or vessel until a competent and responsible person has declared it safe to do so.

Do not use your hand to pull shavings from a machine; use a tool provided for this purpose.

All grinders must have safety shield installed.

Handle grinding wheels gently to avoid chipping or cracking the wheel when installing.

Do not try to stop revolving equipment with your hand.

Wearing of gloves around rotating parts is forbidden.

Do not grind with the side of a grinding wheel, and always keep the wheel properly dressed.

Do not use grinder until the tool rest has been adjusted to 1/8" from the wheel.

Never lay tools on a battery.

Do not obstruct access to electrical switch panels. Maintain three-foot clearance in front of electrical panels.

Know where all emergency shut-off switches are located.

Students will be given specific safety instructions for their respective program area.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Appropriate eye or face protection must be worn at all times in shops and other areas where hazards can threaten eye safety. OSHA approved non-prescription safety glasses can be purchased at the college's DECA Store. Students who require prescription lenses will need to purchase OSHA approved safety glasses through their personal eye doctor.

Instruction should be given regarding clothing regulations in shop areas. For example: non-flammable apparel in welding areas, gloves, etc.

Leather work shoes with oil-resistant soles are required footwear in shop areas. It is highly recommended that steel-toe models be worn.

Use goggles, gloves, ear protection, or other protective equipment required by the job.

Lock Out/Tag Out

All maintenance and repairs to all equipment must follow lock out /tag out procedures.

All electrical repairs are to be made by properly licensed maintenance personnel following all lockout/tag out procedures.

Complete lock out/tag out procedures available in the Safety Officer's Office.


The Hazard Communication Program and a copy of all Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are available in the Safety Officer's Office and Staff Lounge.

Know the properties of all chemicals with which you work.

Read the label on the container and follow the manufacturer's instructions. Be familiar with the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) and its location in the shop or lab.

Know proper first aid treatment and be prepared to carry it out immediately if need be.

Store chemicals in a safe manner and in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations.

Keep containers closed when not in use.

Inspect containers and pipelines of corrosive materials at regular intervals. Report leaks immediately.

If using corrosive materials, know where the nearest shower and eye fountain are located. Keep them unobstructed and in working condition at all times.

Use goggles, gloves, and other protective equipment as required.


Biohazards are materials that may contain organisms that cause disease in humans. Biohazards include body fluid, blood, saliva, urine, feces, and vomit and shall be regarded as contaminated. The following Universal Precautions shall be used when in contact with biohazards.

Use barrier protection routinely to prevent skin and mucous membrane contamination (gloves, fluid resistant lab coats, protective eye wear).

Wash hands or other exposed skin surfaces thoroughly and immediately after contact with body fluids.

Place needles, lancets, scalpels, and other sharps in sharps containers.

Do not recap, break, or bend needles.

Use mouth pieces, resuscitation bags, or other ventilation devices during emergency resuscitation procedures.

All specimens of blood and body fluids shall be put in biohazard waste containers with leak proof lids for transportation and disposal.

Mouth pipetting is not permissible.

Decontaminate work area at end of the day.

All employees will attend yearly OSHA update for bloodborne pathogens.

Students will be given Universal Precautions instructions pertinent to their specific work area.

Any person with a possible occupational exposure to body fluids must report to their instructor or the school nurse immediately.

Fire Prevention and Control

Good housekeeping is the first rule of fire prevention. Oily rags, paper, shavings, trims, turnings, etc., shall be cleaned up and placed in proper containers.

Flammable liquids shall be kept to a minimum and stored in approved containers. Such containers shall be labeled and bear the word "FLAMMABLE" in large letters.

Flammable liquids and gases shall not be used in proximity to open flames, sparks, incandescent surfaces, or other sources of ignition.

All electrical circuits shall be protected by the correct capacity fuse or circuit breaker. Fuses or circuit breakers that "trip" shall not be put into service again until the cause of the overload is located and corrected. Notify the Maintenance Department.

Know where fire extinguishers are located. Not all fire extinguishers can be used on electrical or liquid fuel fires. Read the labels on extinguishers and remember what type of fire they are used on.

Know how to turn on a fire alarm in your area.

Report every fire immediately.

Welding and cutting torches start many fires. Don't let hot slag fall on combustibles.

Do not block fire doors or sprinkler heads. Air hoses, welding power cords, electrical extension cords, etc., must not be run under fire doors from one area to another.

Keep open flames at least 20 feet from a vehicle battery.

Respect the fact that Alexandria Technical & Community College is environmentally tobacco-free. Smoking is prohibited in college buildings and grounds, except in designated areas.

For fire evacuation routes, see Fire Evacuation Plan.

Fire Alarm Procedures in College Buildings

Fire alarms shall always be taken seriously. Anyone who does not leave the building in the event of a fire alarm or drill is subject to campus discipline and to possible criminal charges. Misuse of any fire equipment is grounds for disciplinary action.

The building's fire alarm system is activated in two ways:

Automatically by the smoke detection system.

Or manually at pull stations.

Should you see or smell smoke prior to automatic smoke detector alarm activation, you should immediately pull the nearest fire alarm, leave the building, and contact campus administration from another building (4469).

When a fire alarm has been activated, everyone shall evacuate the building immediately.

Disabled persons unable to move down the stairwells should move to the nearest stairwell landing where assistants can be provided for their evacuation.

Only the Alexandria Fire Department can authorize an alarm to be reset and building reentry when the building is safe in the event of a fire.

After the fire has been extinguished, the area should be kept secure until the Alexandria Fire Department authorizes cleanup.

Safety Suggestion Program

Any student or instructor who has a safety suggestion or recommendation, or feels there is a particular hazard in his or her department that needs correction, is requested to bring it to the Safety Officer or a suggestion box.

Remember---It is the responsibility of all students and all college personnel to make safety a personal concern, not only for themselves but also for their fellow students and fellow workers.

Fire evacuation and severe weather plans are posted in each room of the college. Program specific safety and emergency procedures will be covered during Program Kick-off Day.

Approved by: ATCC Leadership Council
Effective Date: 6/29/06
Last Date Revised: 6/29/06