|The Employee Safety Division develops, provides and maintains prevention resources to improve Department employee health and safety; and provides services for the successful healing of injured Department employees. |
The Employee Safety Division is responsible for Accident/Illness Reporting and Analysis, Accident Investigation, Back Injury Prevention Training, Blood-borne Pathogens/Infectious Diseases, CDL Drug and Alcohol Testing, Confined Spaces, Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP), CPR/First Aid/AED, Drug-Free Workplace, Ergonomics, Evacuation Safety Program, Fall Protection, Industrial/Occupational Health Services, Industrial/Occupational Hygiene Surveys, Medical Surveillance, Pre-Operational Process Review, Personal Protective Equipment/Safety Apparel, Right-to-Know Program, Safe Driver Training, Safety Committees, Safety Inspections, Transitional Duty for Work-Related Injuries Program, Wellness, Workers’ Compensation Program and Workplace Violence Prevention.
Safety must be incorporated into all work operations from planning to completion.
The Department recognizes that a safe environment exists when employees are involved in decisions affecting workplace safety. PENNDOT, as the employer, is responsible for creating a safe work environment, but employees also play a vital role in the success of our employee safety program. Employees are encouraged to participate on safety committees because active safety committees supported by management are the key to a successful safety program.
Each newly hired employee is provided a copy of the Department’s Safety Policy Manual, Pub-445 . The publication was designed to incorporate all safety policies and resources into one handy pocket guide. It contains statewide safety guidelines that must be followed by Department employees and supervisors. The Safety Policy Manual includes information on injury management, personal protective equipment, available training, and many other elements of employee safety.
Fleet and Injury Accident Reduction Goals
The Safety Risk Analysis Report provides statistics on the rates of injuries and fleet accidents by organization. The Safety Risk Analyst Report is used by PENNDOT organizations to identify current rates and trends. County organizations utilize the report to determine if injury rates are rising or declining. With the assistance of the District Safety Coordinator, further analysis is done to understand what factors may cause those effects. The rates in this report affect scoring of Measurements 14 and 15 of the County Maintenance Measurement Tool (CMMT).
CDL Drug & Alcohol Testing (for CDL Operators)
Pursuant to the The Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991, specifically 49 CFR Parts 40 and 382, commercial motor vehicle drivers are required to be tested for the use of controlled substances and alcohol.
Employees whose job duties require them to drive a commercial motor vehicle, even on an infrequent basis, are required to possess a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) and participate in the drug and alcohol testing program.