University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources

Article 28 Comfort and Safety


28.1 First aid kits shall be stocked and placed in each department. If mutually agreed, additional kits shall be provided at appropriate locations.

28.2 All employees who are injured during the course of their employment shall file an accident report with the designated supervisor no matter how slight the injury, on forms furnished by the employer.

28.3 Should an employee covered by this contract become physically or emotionally disabled to the extent he/she cannot perform his/her regular duties, the employer shall make a reasonable effort to place the employee in a position that he/she is physically and mentally able to perform adequately.

28.4 The employer shall comply with the provisions of Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 182. Maintenance of safe work areas and the prevention of accidents are the continuing responsibilities of the employer and the employees. Employees shall be required to utilize all protective clothing or devices provided by the employer.

28.5 In the interest of work safety to the individual, co-workers and others, the employer may require employees to undergo a medical evaluation that will enable the employer to determine the employee’s fitness for performance of his/her duties. Such examination will be conducted by an appropriate health care provider designated by the employer at no cost to the employee. The results of such examination shall be provided to the employee.

28.6 If a complaint on safety is not satisfactorily resolved between the employee and his/her assigned supervisor, a written complaint to the Department of Environmental Health, with a copy to the employee’s supervisor, may be submitted. Upon request, Environmental Health shall provide a copy of their findings to the supervisor and the union.

28.7 In the event of an emergency declared by the proper University official, wherein employees are not able to return home and are required to work, the employer shall make every effort to provide emergency lodging accommodations. If possible, eating facilities shall remain open beyond their normal work hours.

28.8 Employees who are required to handle hazardous substances shall be informed of potential health dangers.

28.9 When it is necessary for employees who are injured during the course of their employment to be transported to receive medical treatment, the employer shall provide such transportation. With supervisor’s authorization, employees with on-the-job injuries who are sent to the doctor’s office (not hospital) for an initial visit shall be paid for all hours beyond their work schedule while at the doctor’s office.