Occupational Health Programs

Environmental Health and Safety oversees a host of occupational safety and health programs designed to provide guidance to employees performing various activities during the scope of their work duties. All programs and procedures are in compliance with requirements established by the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which have been adopted by the Illinois Department of Labor.

Many of the programs referenced in this section have been specifically developed for Universities Building Service workers, Maintenance Labors, Engineers, and Electricians trade personnel. However, the requirements contained therein would apply to any University employees performing the same covered work activities.

Employees in FDM participate in required safety training via an online training module. The required training modules are determined by the job function and tasks.

Building Service Worker Required Safety Training:

  • Hazard Communication
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Respiratory Protection (when applicable)
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Ergonomics
  • Asbestos Awareness
  • Temperature/ Extreme Heat

Maintenance Laborer, Engineer, & Electrician Required Safety Training:

  • Fire Extinguisher Training
  • Hazard Communication
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Lockout/Tagout Awareness
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Ergonomics
  • Ladder Safety
  • Fall Protection
  • Hand and Power Tool Safety
  • Hearing Conservation
  • Machine Guarding
  • Temperature/Extreme Heat

*Note: Engineers and electricians must take the following additional trainings:

  • Confined Space Entry
  • Arc Flash

All questions regarding the listed programs should be directed to the Environmental Health and Safety Department at 708-235-6823 or EHS@govst.edu.



The purpose of this program is to establish rules and procedures for the protection of employees and contractors against the unexpected energization, start-up, or release of stored energy from any machine or equipment. This will be accomplished by hazard identification, employee training, written procedures, and affixing appropriate lockout and tagout devices to energy isolating devices.

This program applies to the control of hazardous energy during all service and maintenance activities whether performed by Governors State University employees or outside contractors at the Governors State University campus located at 1 University Parkway in University Park, Illinois. This procedure applies to all sources of hazardous energy, i.e., electrical, mechanical, chemical, thermal, pneumatic, hydraulic, gravity, and/or other stored energy devices.


Governors State University. (Governors State) has implemented this Control of Hazardous Energy (here in after “Lockout/Tagout”) in accordance with applicable OSHA regulations to ensure minimum performance requirements for the protection of employees and contractors against all forms of hazardous energy during the servicing and maintenance of machines or equipment.

This Lockout/Tagout program has been written to comply with the following OSHA regulations:

  • OSHA 29 CFR 1910.147 - The Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout)

Lockout will only be performed by “authorized” employees. The application of lockout devices will follow the written procedures for the equipment or process being locked out. A general lockout procedure can be found in the following subpart labeled “Lockout Procedures” of the Lockout/Tagout policy.

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