Workplace Safety

Unit Injury Trends and Workplace Safety Programs, Trainings, and Policies


This research report investigates workplace safety policies at research institutions, and the extent to which these policies successfully keep workers safe and reduce costs to universities.

Key observations from our research

1. Contacts remain divided regarding how on-the-job-injuries (OJIs) within the higher education industry compare to other industries.

2. Slips, trips, falls, sprains, and twists comprise the largest number of OJIs at contact institutions.

3. Most profiled institutions offer core safety training and specialized safety training for all staff.

4. The process to report OJIs is similar across institutions, and profiled institutions use security committees to improve the safety climate on campus.

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