14.1 Health and Safety. It is the policy of the University of Washington to create, maintain and enhance a safe and healthful workplace free from recognized hazards that may cause harm to employees, consistent with and in compliance with applicable state and federal laws. The Union and the University are jointly and equally committed to the goal of implementing an effective Health and Safety program and accident prevention program that meets or exceeds WISHA requirements. All work shall be performed in conformity with applicable health and safety standards, and employees shall use required safety devices and perform work according to required safety procedures.
14.2 Reporting. Employees are encouraged to immediately report any apparent unsafe working conditions to their supervisor. No employee shall be disciplined for reporting any such condition nor be required to work or to operate equipment when he/she has reasonable grounds to believe such action would result in immediate danger to life or safety, until the condition has been determined to be safe. If the matter is not resolved satisfactorily, the supervisor or employee may involve the Union Steward and request a decision from the University’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety or the Department of Labor and Industries.
If a supervisor, Environmental Health and Safety, or the Department of Labor and Industries declare a work site to be hazardous and unfit for work, affected employees may be assigned to alternative work sites until the hazardous condition is rectified.
14.3 Safety Committees. Joint employee elected and Employer appointed safety committees shall be formed in accordance with WISHA requirements and following University policy. Participation in health and safety committees, including meeting time, health and safety research, work on committee assignments, seminars and classes, will be considered time worked for all employees.
14.4 Health Examinations. The Department will provide at no cost to the employee an annual TB test (including chest x-ray when medically indicated) and regular Hepatitis B vaccination in accordance with normal medical practice. The Department will also provide at no cost to the employee any vaccinations or medical tests required as a condition of employment. Upon request, and as determined by the employer, additional tests and vaccinations may be provided.
14.5 Wellness. The employer and the Union will encourage and support employee participation in appropriate programs including the UW Care Link Services through which employees may seek confidential assistance in the resolution of chemical dependency or other problems that may affect job performance. UW Care Link Services may presently be reached at 1-866-598-3978 (business hours) or 1-800-833-3031 (24 hour line).
No employee’s job security will be placed in jeopardy as a result of seeking and following through with corrective treatment, counseling or advice providing that the employee’s job performance meets supervisory expectations.
14.6 Joint Union/Management Committee. It shall be appropriate for either the Union or the employer to request that a joint Union/Management committee be convened, with Environmental Health and Safety participating, to discuss health and safety concerns and to explore options for addressing those concerns through appropriate training or other approaches.