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3.11.2 The institution takes reasonable steps to provide a healthy, safe, and secure environment for all members of the campus community. (Institutional environment)
✔ Compliance Partial
Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) is in compliance with this comprehensive standard. The College maintains a safe and secure work place that creates a positive learning environment for students, employees, and the visiting public. Procedures are fully supported by the College administration and are documented in the Administrative Procedures Manual, Organizational Handbook, and Student Handbook.
The Safety and Physical Facilities Committee (Minutes) is responsible for evaluating the safety program of the College and recommending changes in policies and/or procedures through the Steering Council to the Executive Council for approval.
The Director of Facility Services oversees facility services and plant operations. Facilities and grounds are regularly inspected and/or tested for health and safety concerns. When a health or safety issue is discovered and reported, it is entered into the work order system and handled on a priority basis.
Annually, the City of Fayetteville Fire Marshal inspects all rooms with a minimum capacity of 300. All main campus College facilities are inspected every three years. The town of Spring Lake Fire Marshall annually inspects the Spring Lake Campus. Additionally, the fire marshals from both municipalities conduct unannounced safety inspections.
Security officers perform monthly checks on all fire extinguishers located on College properties. Under a third-party contract, the fire suppression systems in the cooking areas of the student center cafeteria, child care center, and culinary kitchens are inspected quarterly, while the auto body paint booth receives a semi-annual inspection. Exhaust hoods in all cooking areas are cleaned on a semi-annual contractual basis. A different vendor inspects and verifies the proper operation of all building fire alarm and sprinkler systems on an annual basis. All elevators are inspected by the NC State Department of Labor on an annual basis.
Building evacuations are conducted per the FTCC Safety Plan. Periodic fire and evacuation drills are conducted at the FTCC Early Childhood Educational Center. Evacuation plans are posted in buildings.
The College participates in a North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) contract for environmental, health, and safety services. Under this agreement, the vendor evaluates the College's environmental and safety compliance programs.
The most current Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are readily accessible and maintained in close proximity to any chemical storage areas. Hazardous materials/waste are removed and safely disposed of by a vendor on a regular basis.
Safe work practices and attendance at applicable training are required of all employees. Training is required for all employees working within the Communicable Disease Program or situations where chemical or biological hazards may exist. The Chemical Hygiene Plan and the Hazardous Communications Plan, along with associated mandatory training sessions, are the responsibilities of the Auxiliary Services Coordinator.
Faculty and student injuries in laboratory settings are mitigated through safety awareness training provided via classroom lectures and through the use of established safety procedures (Autobody, Auto Systems, Electrical, Machining). Similarly, staff and faculty are required to participate in safety training based on their levels of exposure and job duties. Employees using College vehicles are required to demonstrate a safe driving record on an annual basis.
The College provides annual testing to employees exposed to potentially hazardous levels of noise or chemicals to ensure that their health has not been compromised. Immunizations required by federal and state regulatory or accrediting agencies for students, faculty, and staff are documented and monitored by the appropriate supervisors.
Compliance with the Workmen's Compensation/NC Industrial Form 19 Employer's Report of Employee Injuries or Occupational Disease requirements resides with the Employee Benefits Specialist.
The Director of Public Safety and Security manages campus security issues. Unarmed security officers and sworn, armed officers of the City of Fayetteville Police Department assist in maintaining a safe and secure environment 24/7. Unarmed FTCC security officers provide primary security functions at all College facilities. When required, the City of Fayetteville Police Department conducts criminal investigations or armed interventions on the main campus and at the Horticulture Educational Center. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department provides the same services at the Spring Lake Campus.
The Emergency Response Plan and Emergency College Closure Procedures address emergency situations. Key College supervisory employees complete NIMS (National Emergency Management System) certification training. Employee certifications are filed in personnel files.
A quick reference booklet titled Emergency Guide for Illness, Injury and Emergency Response Procedures is disseminated on campus and contains specific directions for handling emergencies. All employees are expected to read the security booklet periodically to ensure that employees remain familiar with its contents in case emergency procedures have to be implemented. Additionally, a copy of this procedural guide is expected to be located next to each telephone instrument in case it is needed for quick reference in a hazard or disaster situation.
Over 30 emergency call boxes are located on the College’s campuses to facilitate rapid communication between a security officer and a person needing assistance. Video cameras are mounted on most main campus buildings and can be monitored by the security office in real time. Recorded data can be reviewed within a 30-day window after the occurrence of an incident.
The College fully supports the Federal Drug-Free Workplace and Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Regulations. In accordance with the Clery Act of 1990, an annual report of security policies and crime statistics are published in the FTCC Student Handbook.
Various health issues are addressed through events sponsored by the Student Activities Office and the Fitness Center Instructor. Information on health and lifestyle issues is presented both on a one-time and repetitive basis. “HIV/AIDS Awareness Day” and “Substance Abuse 101” are singular events, while blood pressure checks, provided by nursing students and faculty, are offered on a repetitive basis. Flu Shot Clinics are also conducted for the benefit of the students, faculty, and staff. The FTCC Fitness Center provides educational programs for faculty, staff, and students specific to exercise and diet.
The College maintains a contract
with the Cape Fear Valley Health System to provide mental health referrals and services to students, faculty, and staff.
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