Workplace Safety

The university has developed environmental and occupational health and safety workplace policies and programs for the safety of the GW community.

 


Automated External Defibrillators (AED): Automated external defibrillators (AED) are installed in highly trafficked buildings on our Foggy Bottom, Mount Vernon and Virginia campuses to provide that immediate care is available to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. For more information on AED and CPR training, contact Health & Emergency Management Services at safety@gwu.edu.

 


Ergonomics: The goal of the university ergonomics program is to reduce or eliminate hazards that contribute to the development of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). The program involves all employees whose job duties expose them to ergonomic risk factors. For more information, contact safety@gwu.edu.

 


Hazard Communications: GW developed the Hazard Communication Program to prevent hazardous material injuries while using chemicals in the workplace. Information concerning identified hazards and appropriate hazard control mechanisms are provided to individual employees who work with hazardous chemicals. For more information, contact us at safety@gwu.edu.

 


Personal Protective Equipment: Personal protective equipment (PPE) is used to create a protective barrier between the worker and the hazards in the workplace. PPE includes such equipment as gloves, safety shoes, protective clothing and safety glasses. Personal protective equipment is not a replacement for good engineering controls, administrative controls or work practices. Rather, PPE should be used in conjunction with these controls to ensure the health and safety of employees.

 


Student Driver Safety: All vehicle operators must possess a valid state driver's license and must also obtain authorization from a supervisor or other authorized GW university employee (e.g.: coach, department representative) to drive a university-owned, rented, or leased vehicle. The Student Driver Safety Program applies only to George Washington University students who are NOT driving as an employee of the university. If you are a student employee, please contact your supervisor for referral to your HR Representative.

 


For all Division of Safety & Security workplace policies, please visit our Policies page.