Frequently Asked Questions

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Contact OHS

Suzi Dodt, Coordinator

Occupational Health & Safety

ohs@mesacc.edu

Southern & Dobson

Building: NU6, Office 122
P: 480-461-7263| F: 480-844-6163

  1. Why do we have to address safety compliance?
  2. Do these safety plans involve students as well?
  3. Are OSHA and ADOSH the same thing?
  4. Who is responsible for safety at MCC?
  5. How does ADOSH decide which establishments to inspect?
  6. What accidents must be reported to ADOSH?
  7. Are all accidents inspected by ADOSH?
  8. Does ADOSH give the employer prior notice of an inspection?
  1. Why do we have to address safety compliances?
    It is an employee's right to have a safe work environment as established in 1970 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. So, not only is it the law, it's the right thing to do!
  2. Do these safety plans involve students as well?
    OSHA compliance was created to ensure safe and healthful workplaces in America and to protect its workers. So, OSHA is really about "employees", however, in the process of us doing things safely and maintaining a safe campus, offices, and classrooms everyone benefits.
  3. Are OSHA and ADOSH the same thing?
    Yep, pretty much. ADOSH is the "Arizona Division of Safety and Health." In 1972 Arizona adopted OSHA's standards as their own. That makes ADOSH Arizona's OSHA.
  4. Who is responsible for safety at MCC?
    It may be your first reaction to say Administration, Management, or the Health and Safety Department, but the reality is that we all are!
  5. How does ADOSH decide which establishments to inspect?
    ADOSH prioritizes its inspections in the following manner:
    1. Imminent Danger; Fatality/Catastrophe Investigations
    2. Complaint/Referral Investigations
    3. Programmed Inspections.
      For programmed inspections, ADOSH currently focuses the majority of its efforts toward hazardous industries or those employers who have what appears to be a large number of workers' compensation claims.
  6. What accidents must be reported to ADOSH?
    By law, employers are required to notify ADOSH in the event of a fatality or an accident that results in the hospitalization of three or more employees. This notification must be made to ADOSH within 8 hours of the accident. Additionally, employers must notify ADOSH of any accident where an employee is injured in the operation of a mechanical power press. This notification must be made within 30 days of the accident.
  7. Are all accidents inspected by ADOSH?
    No, not all accidents are inspected. ADOSH inspects those accidents which are required to be reported under the above requirements. In addition, ADOSH inspects accidents which may not fall under the reporting requirements, but which are within an area of emphasis, such as fall and trenching related accidents. ADOSH may also inspect other accidents, depending upon the nature, severity and/or public interest.
  8. Does ADOSH give the employer prior notice of an inspection?
    No. Arizona State law prohibits giving advanced notice of an inspection, except for unique situations which are approved by the Director.