43.3 Commitments

  1. Compliance with regulations and requirements. The University is committed to comply with applicable safety, health, and environmental laws and regulations that govern our work. More specifically:
    1. Any discharges into the University-operated storm sewer system that are not comprised solely of storm water, properly permitted storm water discharges associated with industrial activity, or allowable non-storm water are prohibited. Contractors that violate this prohibition are subject to being debarred from future contracts with the University.
    2. University employees who knowingly or negligently violate this prohibition are subject to progressive discipline up to and including dismissal under the University employee disciplinary procedures.
  2. Accident prevention. The University is committed to:
    1. Working to prevent or mitigate human or economic losses arising from accidents and adverse occupational exposures;
    2. Encouraging employees to take an active role in their own safety and health and the safety and health of those around them;
    3. Fostering openness and dialogue between employees, supervisors, administrators, and other members of the University community as a whole to facilitate a cooperative effort in the prevention of workplace injuries; and encouraging employees to timely report incidents and accidents.
  3. Pollution prevention. The University is committed to:
    1. Identifying and implementing the best pollution prevention opportunities;
    2. Reducing waste and the consumption of resources (materials, fuel, and energy);
    3. Pursuing opportunities for reuse, recovery, and recycling, as opposed to disposal; and
    4. Minimizing significant adverse environmental impacts in its operations, through the use of integrated environmental management procedures and planning, and through encouragement and involvement of the University community.
  4. Continual improvement. The University is committed to continue to improve its policies, programs, and environmental and safety performance, taking into account regulatory changes, technical developments and scientific understanding, the University's needs, and community expectations.