Fire and Life Safety Program
The VMI Fire and Life Safety Program contains policies and procedures that, when implemented and maintained, will satisfy the code and legal obligations of VMI, help satisfy insurance requirements, prevent loss of life, and reduce injury and property damage due to fire and other emergencies.
- All employees and departments within the institute have a responsibility to assure that work is performed safely and that work areas are maintained in a safe manner.
- It is recommended that each department assign the duties of "Safety Coordinator" to an individual(s) within the department, and that this person be assigned responsibility for implementing the requirements of this program. Existing departmental safety committees may also be an effective means to implement this program.
- All departments must maintain safe and healthy living, learning, and working environments for faculty, staff, cadets, and visitors to our campus.
This program applies to all VMI properties and to all work performed by VMI employees regardless of jobsite location.
The health and safety of institute employees, cadets, and visitors to our post is of paramount importance to everyone working and learning at the institute. It directly impacts both the quality and value of the institute.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to provide each employee "a place of employment which is free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm". All employees – including building coordinators and supervisors – play a role in helping the institute meet this general duty obligation.
Departments are expected to maintain safe and healthy living, learning, and working environments for faculty, staff, cadets, and visitors to the institute. Departments must require that faculty, staff, cadets, and visitors perform work in a safe and healthy manner and in compliance with regulatory requirements and institute policies. Departments must ensure that employees are provided required training, that worksites are inspected on a periodic basis to identify and correct hazards, and that all other elements of this program are developed and implemented as needed.
Responsibility for this program lies with the highest supervisory level of each departmental unit unless otherwise specified. It is recommended that each department designate this responsibility to supervisory personnel; however, other appropriate persons may be designated.
Supervisors must implement the requirements of this program to assure compliance with applicable codes, regulations, and policies. They must also be aware of applicable training requirements necessary under OSHA programs or the fire code. Supervisors should periodically inspect and/or coordinate the inspection of all workplaces to identify hazards. VMI safety office personnel will assist supervisors with finding solutions for eliminating identified hazards.
Employees and Students
Staff, faculty, cadets and visitors play an important part in assuring safety: they must do what they can to protect themselves and others within the institute community and respond appropriately to emergencies. Employees must avail themselves of information pertaining to the safe conduct of their work, regardless of the setting. Cadets must also participate in fire and life safety programs and respect the safety of others and their own safety.
Contractors working at the institute are expected to observe and abide by state and federal codes and regulations as well as policies and procedures established for the institute community.