Safety Recognition & Incident Reporting

Creating a safe working environment is everybody’s business and it not only benefits you and Duquesne University, but also fellow co-workers, students, visitors and even your family. This program can help avert injury or property damage from occurring, prevent fewer people from suffering pain and medical care, prevent fewer work hours or days from being missed, and prevent Duquesne University from spending money to treat injuries or repair property damage. Accidents do happen, but they can be prevented by following safe work practices. We all need to be safety-conscious each and every day not only while on Duquesne University premises but at home and while traveling as well.

In order to recognize employees for working safely, promoting safety and for encouraging safe work practices, Duquesne University’s Labor /Management Safety Committee has revised its Safety Recognition and Incentive Program. This program is meant to positively reinforce the benefits of working safely through a proactive approach of recognition, evaluation and control of unsafe work practices and hazardous conditions.

Who is Eligible for the Program:

  • All full-time employees including clerical staff and administrators are eligible; it is no longer limited to union employees.
  • The employee must have been employed by Duquesne University for the entire fiscal quarter to be eligible for that quarter.

For eligibility purposes, the fiscal quarters run as follows:

  • 1st: July 1st – Sept 30th
  • 2nd: Oct 1st – Dec 31st
  • 3rd: Jan 1st – March 31st
  • 4th: April 1st – June 30th

The Labor/ Management Safety Incentive Program will be based on the Campus Safety Suggestion Form submitted for that fiscal quarter which is considered by the Committee to greatly improve the environmental health and safety for University employees, students, visitors and/or property. In addition, the nominator must have no accidents or incidents in the fiscal quarter the Safety Suggestion Form is submitted.

Winner Selection and Recognition Incentives:

The winners of the best Campus Safety Suggestion Form will be voted on by the Labor/Management Safety Committee through a majority vote. That selection will be final. The name of the Safety Suggestion Form submitter will not be available to the Safety Committee during the vote. The only items voted on will be the contents of the Safety Suggestion Form. The Labor/Management Safety Committee will vote for the top three Campus Safety Suggestion Forms and will vote on the order of winners as well.

The following is a list of the prizes available for each fiscal quarter:

  • 1st - $100 Gift Card
  • 2nd - $75 Gift Card
  • 3rd - $50 Gift Card

Winners will receive a gift card from Giant Eagle.

If no winner(s) have been chosen for a particular fiscal quarter, the prize amounts will not roll-over to the next fiscal quarter. Each prize amounts are only good for each fiscal quarter. Labor/Management Safety Committee members are not eligible to participate in this Safety Incentive Program.

If identical safety suggestions are proposed for a particular topic, the prize amounts will be spilt between those submitting the same suggestion.

All suggestion forms are to be submitted to Paula Sweitzer, Director of Environmental Health and Safety.

Incident Reporting

Incidents or accidents resulting in personal injury to any degree or property damage of any kind should be recorded using the Accident/Incident Investigation Report Form, found under Human Resources.

Employees are also strongly encouraged to complete a Report Form for near misses.