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The University of Alaska Southeast recognizing the need to maintain a safe and healthy work and learning experience for our students, faculty, staff and visitors created the Office of Health and Safety in 2001.

The effort to assure health and safety, for ourselves and the environment, is a long term ongoing commitment on the part of the University. My task, as Health and Safety Manager, is to assist each of you in identifying and addressing any areas within your program or facility that do not meet prudent or nationally recognized standards of good practice.

Vision

The vision of the Office of Health and Safety for the University of Alaska Southeast is to enhance the research and educational process by fully integrating a continuous improvement of health, safety and environmental performance into our culture, our work practices and all campus activities.

Mission

The mission of the Office of Health and Safety at the University of Alaska Southeast is to provide leadership and outstanding service so that the risk of injury, illness, environmental damage and losses to the campus community and its neighbors is continuously reduced.

Contact




  • Matthew J. Ziemer
  • Emergency Management Planner
  • Phone: 796-6015

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GET PREPARED

Being prepared in an emergency means you've taken the time beforehand to make decisions about what your plans are, what supplies you may need, and how you'll communicate with the people who matter most to you.

Are you prepared?

Take a look at the resources below to find out.

HAVE A PLAN
Having a household disaster plan can make a big difference following a disaster.  It can mean the difference between being comfortable and confident or miserable and anxious.  The most prepared people are able to make sure their basic needs are met, communcate with their friends and family, and assist their friends and neighbors through a rough situation.  Here are some of the basics for making your emergency plan.
    • Make a plan with your loved ones on how you can reunite if you
      can't reach one another by phone.  You can identify a couple
      places to meet up: one near your home and another farther
      away in case your area needs to be evacuated.
    • Know yor routes; identify more than one safe evacuation route
      away from your home.  Evacuations can be stressful.  Knowing
      a route ahead of time can speed your evacuation.

HAVE A GO BAG
Do you have a Go Bag?  Go Bags are your collections of things that you may need to evacuate on a moment's notice.  Think of the things you'd need if you had to leave immediately and not come back for a week.  Your Go Bag should be easy to transport - like a backpack or wheeled suitcase - and tailored to your specific needs.  What does your neighbor's Go Bag have yours doesn't?"
    • Copies of important documents such as your driver license,
       passport, insurance documents and prescriptions
    • Extra phone charger
    • Batteries
    • Flashlight
    • Whistle
    • Warm clothing
    • First-aid kit
    • Toiletries
    • Lightweight rain gear
    • Emergency water
    • Nonperishable food like energy bars or granola
    • Do you have a pet?  Then you better have pet food, copies of your
       pet's prescriptions, and a lead (dogs) or a portable kennel (cats)
             ·Have a printed picture of you and your pet together,
              this can help reunite you if you get separated

EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT
In the event that you are sheltering in place instead of evacuating,
having an Emergency Supply Kit that will get you through 72 hours
will make your stay a lot more comfortable.  Take a look at the list
below and see what you can put together for your household
emergency supply kit.
   • Water ( one gallon of water, per person, per day)
   • Nonperishable food (ready to eat) and anything that you may
     need to eat it...like a can opener
   • First-aid kit
   • Flashlight
   • Battery operated radio or crank radio
   • Whistle
   • Water purification tables or bleach for disinfecting water
     (ONLY if directed to do so by health officials and ONLY after
      learning how to disinfect water safely)
   • Child care supplies
   • Medications
   • Warm clothing

These are just a few of the items you should consider having in your Go Bag and Emergency Supply Kit.  For more ideas check out these links:

   • Build a Kit
   • Gather Supplies
   • Building a 7 Day Emergency Kit

KNOW HOW TO SEND AN ALERT
The Juneau campus has a system for immediate emergency notifications. 
    UAS Emergency Alert System Juneau
You can use this system to leave a very brief message that will be broadcast campus-wide.
   "A delivery truck crashed in the courtyard outside Mourant and is
    leaking gas."

Before using this system, make sure that you - or someone with you - calls 911 to call for help.
Using this system allows you to send an immediate message, campus-wide.  Use of this system is appropriate for situations in which there is an immediate danger to people on campus. 
Before you decide to use this power for evil instead of good, however know that we can catch people using this system for prank calls and false alarms.  Calling in a false alarm on this system is treated the same as pulling a fire alarm in a building.  Nobody likes that guy; don't be that guy.
 

WHAT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY

Get Safe
First thing's first; get to a safe location.  This could mean moving to a different room, building or outdoor area.  It could mean staying where you are.  You will need to use your own judgement and the input of people around you to decide on the safest course of action.  Make sure to familiarize yourself with your surroundings and always know how to get out of a building.

Call 911 for Immediate Emergencies
Call 911 and give the following information:
   • Your name and phone number (in case you get disconnected)
   • Your location
   • What the emergency is
   • Whatever information you can provice about the number of people
      involved and their injuries (if any)
   • Answer any questions the dispacher has and stay on the line if
     asked to, unless staying on the line interferes with your safety
Call 911 even if you don't have all the information above.  Don't let not knowing your address stop you from calling 911

Evacuate or Shelter-In-Place
Knowing whether to evacuate or stay where you are is very important to your safety in an emergency.  This decision should be made using all the information available to you such as:
   • What is the nature of the emergency?
   • Am I unsafe where I am right now?
   • Is my exit path safe?
   • Is my evacuation destination safe?

Evacuation Tips
You should evacuate if you are in danger where you are.  Keep in mind that evacuations can sometimes be very stressful, and the human brain does not always function as expected while it is under stress.  To help offset the risk of making bad decisions during times of stress, familiarize yourself with the following tips:
   • KNOW YOUR EVACUATION ROUTES AHEAD OF TIME
   • Remember where to go if you evacuate: where is your emergency
     assembly point?
   • Remember to use stairs, NOT ELEVATORS in an emergency
   • When you are safe, make sure to notify the people who will be
     concerned about your safety
   • Do you have a Go Bag?  See above information

Shelter in Place

Sheltering in place is done when evacuation is unsafe or when a dangerous situaticn arises in which you are safer where you are than you would be if you left.  Even though you aren't going anywere yet, sheltering in place requires you to continue making decisions about your safety.
   • Send a notification to let people know where you are.  Use your cell
     phone or a campus phone located in most classrooms/offices.  Call
     911 to let a dispatcher know where you are.
   • Make a decision about whether you need to secure the door to the
     room you are in.
   • Classrooms have an Emergency Action Plan binder on the wall. 
     Inside this binder are colored signs for you to put in the
     window to notify responders that you are in that room.  Place
     appropriate color in the window.
   • Do you have a household Emergency Supply Kit?  See above
     information

EMERGENCY PLANS

Contact

  • Matthew J. Ziemer
  • Emergency Management Planner
  • Phone: 796-6015

Safety Committee

Agendas
  • October 21, 2015
  • November 18, 2015
  • December 16, 2015
  • January 20, 2016
  • April 5, 2016
Minutes
 • October 21, 2015
 • November 18, 2015
 • December 16, 2015
 • January 20, 2016
 • April 5, 2016

Current Alerts

Zika Virus Guidance:

Summer is rapidly approaching!  As you travel south, stay informed of the health risks that the Zika Virus poses.
Click the following link for information you can use to form your plans.

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information

Pandemic Influenza

Below are on and off campus resources for Pandemic Influenza information.

Pandemic Influenza Fact Sheet

Pandemic has been defined as an outbreak of influenza, for which there is little or no immunity among humans and is easily spread over a wide geographic area that affects an exceptionally high part of the population.  They occur about every 30 years, with the last one in the U.S. being the swine flu in 1967.  Modes of transmission include coughing and sneezing, as well as contact with virus on objects in daily life.

Work mangers need to determine how to keep critical processes running if there is a 40-50% absenteeism rate.  Center of Disease Control (CDC) and local health services need to be monitored for the latest health advisories. In the event of an outbreak the Chancellor may take prudent actions such as cancelling classes, closing the university, sending/keeping “non-essential” employees home.

In campus departments, you can plan for pandemic by

  • Identify essential employees/positions to keep the core processes running.
  • Cross train employees for temporary re-assignment to vital areas.
  • Create a method for some employees to work from home.
  • Stockpile gloves, hand wash, N-95 masks, and similar items for employees.
  • Implement a mandatory stay-home policy for employees who are symptomatic (fever, chills headache, runny nose, etc)
  • Create a liberal leave policy for personnel who must care for sick family members.
  • Plan to cancel vacation and other types of leave.

Reduce risk of infection by

  • Isolating those who are already sick.
  • Quarantine those in homes with sick people.
  • Dismiss student from classes, social activities, child care.
  • Encourage alternatives to face-to-face meetings, i.e. “social distancing”
  • Reduce staff density in working group areas.
  • Modify or postpone public gatherings
  • Cancel work related travel.

Prevention and Control

  • Do not cough into the hand or the air in public.  Cough into the shirt or forearm/elbow if tissues are unavailable.
  • Use tissues and dispose of them properly.
  • Eliminate handshaking.
  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly.
  • Use antiseptic towelettes or antiseptic gels if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching the eyes and mouth.
  • Get an annual flu vaccination to mitigate the impact of possible pandemic strains of flu.
  • Disinfect as possible, surfaces and commons areas, including work vehicles.
  • Use disposable cups and utensils.
  • Create a departmental disease surveillance protocol to monitor employees for signs of illness.
  • Enhance ventilation of offices by opening a window if possible.
  • Make N-95 (or higher) particulate face masks available to all employees
  • At home, stockpile enough food, medications, water and related living supplies for 21 days.

Special enforcement duties

  • Guarding vaccine distribution chains and distribution sites from the Strategic National Stockpile to maintain order and prevent theft.
  • Enforcing closure orders, curfew, travel limitations and restrictions on gatherings.
  • Enforcing quarantine orders and other involuntary restrictions.
  • Arranging for secure disposition of dead bodies during surges in deaths.
  • Assisting heath care providers and other agencies with security for delivery of essential food and medicine.
  • Work with Public Information Officers to disseminate information and alerts via mass e-mails, press conferences and other options.

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