Incident Prevention

iNCIDENT PREVENTION

The University engages in a program of voluntary compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act of North Carolina and with all applicable federal, state, and local regulations and codes. To be effective, this program must be proactive and must embody the proper attitudes toward incident prevention on the part of all members of the University community.

Incident prevention can be classified as a broad term that involves understanding your responsibilities, compliance with safe work practices, communicating safety issues, safety training, identifying workplace hazards, procedures for corrective action, and record keeping.   All these efforts combine to prevent work-related injuries and illnesses to members of the University community.  For more information, please review the University Incident Prevention PIM #26.

 

Slip, trip and fall incidences are some of the leading causes of occupational injuries at UNC Charlotte. It is very important that you, as an employee, remain aware of your surroundings.  The following guidance provides general awareness about slips, trips and falls, contributing factors that cause them, and tips on preventing these types of incidents.
  • Slips, Trips and Falls Percipio training

  • Slips, Trips, and Falls Fact Sheet safety talk

  • Remove the source of the slippery surface

  • Clean up all spills

  • Install caution signs 

  • Wear appropriate footwear

  • EHS Safety Service Request to assess the hazard

Manual Materials Handling is one of the leading causes of occupational injury at UNC Charlotte. Therefore, it is very important that you as an employee remain aware of your environmental conditions and how to properly handle materials. The following information provides a general awareness of standard practices to prevent material related injuries.

Repetitive motion is one of the leading causes of occupational injury at UNC Charlotte. These motions generally occur in the office work environment while using a computer workstation.  Ergonomics is the practice of fitting the job to the individual, which can help prevent work-related musculoskeletal repetitive motion injuries. The following information provides general awareness of standard practices to prevent musculoskeletal related injuries due to repetitive motion.

 

Heat Stress is one of the leading causes of occupational illness at UNC Charlotte. Therefore, it is very important that you as an employee remain aware of your environmental conditions and how to properly manage your heat exposure. The following information provides general awareness of standard practices to prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke illnesses.

 
  • Heat Stress Percipio training

  • Heat Stress Fact Sheet 

  • Heat Safety App

  • Eliminate the need to work in hot environments

  • Redesign the work task or environment

  • Substitute temperature controls indoor work environments

  • Rest breaks and job rotation

  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the work environment

Hand and power tools are a common part of our everyday lives and are present in nearly every department. These tools help us to easily perform tasks that otherwise would be difficult or impossible. However, these simple tools can be hazardous and have the potential for causing severe injuries when used or maintained improperly. Special attention toward hand and power tool safety is necessary in order to reduce or eliminate these hazards. The following information provides a general awareness of standard practices to prevent hand and power tool injuries.

  • Hand and Power Tool Percipio training
  • Specific hand and power tool competency training
  • Hand and Power Tool NCDOL Overview
  • Eliminate the need to work with hand and power tools
  • Ensure engineered guards and safety switches are working properly
  • Substitute hand and power tools for other equipment
  • Administer rest breaks, job rotation, equipment inspection, and maintenance
  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) in accordance with the manufacturer’s manual