The Safety Office

 The Safety Office, working as a branch of the Human Resources office in Roberts Union, is charged with ensuring that all members of the Colby community - students, faculty, staff, contractors, and visitors - live, work, and play in a hazard free environment.

The Director of Safety is responsible for several distinct categories of regulatory compliance and risk management:

  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) - Compliance with federal OSHA regulations involves training and awareness building among employees and contractors who are covered by more than 1,500 safety regulations. Included are such things as confined space entry, hazard communication, laboratory safety, lockout/ tagout, bloodborne pathogens, and many more.
  • Fire and Life Safety - Along with members of the Physical Plant Department and others, the Safety office coordinates compliance with local and state fire protection and life safety statutes, including the National Fire Protection Association's Life Safety Code (NFPA 101), and various local and state fire protection codes. The Safety Office works closely with the Waterville Fire Department in all aspects of fire safety on campus and provides training to employees, hall staff, and students in all manner of fire safety.
  • Environmental Compliance - The College's environmental compliance efforts, including hazardous waste storage and disposal, emissions monitoring, chemical spill response and planning, training, and reporting, are all part of the duties of the Safety Director. The College's Spill Prevention, Control and Containment (SPCC) and Pollution Prevention (P2) plans filed with local and state regulators, detail our compliance programs and set the tone for Colby's strong commitment to environmental stewardship.
  • Radiation Safety - The Director of Safety is the College's Radiation Safety Officer (RSO). Duties include chairing the Radiation Safety Committee, performing periodic audits and updates of the license and radiation safety program, and staying abreast of regulatory changes. Although the amount of radioisotopes on campus are small, commitment to proper management, usage, and disposal of radioactive materials is strong.
  • Employee Wellness and Injury Prevention and Management - The Safety Office provides employees with regular training in proper lifting techniques, advice on office and workplace ergonomics, and more. The commitment to employee health extends beyond the workplace with a return-to-work program for injuries and illnesses whether work related or not.

For more information on any of the College's safety programs, click on the appropriate link at left, or call Wade Behnke at x5504.

Safety Alerts
Driving for Colby

For students, driving on official College business requires completing two steps: 

  • Completion of the license background check form (found in Appendix A of the Colby Fleet Safety Program) with a copy of a valid driver's license attached, and,

  • Completion of the Defensive Driving class conducted by the Director of Safety.

 The purpose of the certification process is twofold. First, to ensure that College drivers are insurable by our auto insurance company, and second, to alert drivers to the various issues involved with driving for the College.

Full-time continuing employees are not required to complete the defensive driving session. However, employees who wish to drive the 15 passenger mini-bus are required to complete an on-the-road safety briefing before they are eligible to drive it.