The College has developed safety procedures and guidelines designed to enhance the protection of lives, health, and property on the campus of Blue Ridge Community College. These procedures shall apply to all College faculty, staff, visitors, and contractors on College property or in any buildings owned, leased or operated by the college. These procedures are contained in a document titled Blue Ridge Community College Safety Handbook. Items in this handbook are deemed a part of the Blue Ridge Community College Policies and Procedures Manual and carry the same weight as other policies and procedures. This handbook shall be available on the Blue Ridge Community College Web site and all Blue Ridge Community College employees should become familiar with the location and contents of this handbook.
Individual safety rules or protocols may be established by College Vice Presidents or Department Directors for instructional or operational programs or may be established by instructors for use in their classrooms or labs however such rules shall not be inconsistent with established College-wide safety procedures.
Safety procedures are applicable to students when they are involved in a specific class or lab activities (welding, chemistry, automotive systems, etc.) or are participating in a campus activity whereby safety requirements are called for. In such cases, it is the instructor’s responsibility that the student is informed and understands the requirements of the applicable procedure.
The Human Resources Department is responsible for safety training for employees. Instructors are responsible for training students in safety practices necessary for their respective classes and labs.
The safety policies and procedures and the Safety Handbook shall be reviewed annually and revised as necessary. Such review is the responsibility of the Blue Ridge Community College Safety Committee.