Worker Safety

At Columbia University Irving Medical Center, workplace safety is very important to us. Our safety program ensures that everyone can go home safely each day. We encourage your suggestions for safety improvements.

To ensure a safe environment, all departmental employees are responsible for:

  • Following safe work practices
  • Knowing the potential health and safety hazards of your job and how to protect yourself
  • Wearing the personal protective equipment assigned to you, if applicable
  • Knowing how to report unsafe conditions
  • Reporting any work-related injury or illness to your supervisor
  • Knowing what to do in a fire and non-fire emergency
  • Signing up for building alerts and emergency text updates

Each year, CUIMC Facilities Management and Campus Service's frontline staff and managers are trained on how to prevent and respond to occupational injuries and illnesses. Our team members understand and can implement the following safety guidelines and principles:

  • The role of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in protecting workers in the workplace
  • OSHA's record keeping requirements and the record keeping change in January 2015
  • How the 5 C's of workplace safety (concern, consciousness, communication, commitment, and common sense) can be incorporated into everyday work activity
  • Back injury prevention, including common causes, prevention tips, and safe lifting techniques
  • Slip, trip, and fall injury prevention, including common causes and prevention tips
  • CUIMC's processes for reporting hazards in the workplace and work-related injury or illness via the Departmental Accident Report
  • Employee roles and responsibilities related to preventing injuries in the workplace

We care about your health and safety. If you have a question about any of our training programs, contact your supervisor or manager or Yvonne Wojcicki, executive director of Campus Life Safety and Regulatory Compliance, at 212-305-0776 or