Policy Statement and Definitions

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Realizing the importance of maintaining a safe workplace for the benefit of both its employees and the general public, Yuma County (“the County”) has established the Yuma County Risk Management, Occupational Health and Safety Policy to be used in the implementation and administration of an effective risk management and occupational safety program. A copy of this policy shall be kept in the binder which contains each Agency’s Hazard Communication Program and Material Safety Data Sheets and shall be available for copying and inspection by any employee at any time.

The Yuma County Risk Management, Occupational Health and Safety Policy represents the minimum requirements in the areas of risk management and safety. Some Agencies have safety concerns and requirements unique to their daily job functions. Therefore, individual Agencies may promulgate and enforce their own risk management and safety policies in addition to this policy to address these unique needs. Said policies may be more stringent, but no less stringent, than the measures outlined herein.

Compliance by all County employees with the directives of this policy will result in a safer workplace which will enable the County to maintain a high level of professionalism, courtesy, and quality of service, while protecting its human and financial resources.


The following words and phrases have the defined meanings unless otherwise clearly indicated by the context.

Agency means any governmental office, or department, of Yuma County.

Agency Head means the elected or appointed officer of any department or office of the County.

Board of Supervisors means the collective members of the body elected pursuant to Arizona law and which exercise the powers of the County granted by the Arizona Constitution.

Casualty Insurance means insurance that is primarily concerned with the losses caused by injuries to persons, and legal liability imposed on the insured for such injury or for damage to the property of others.

Claim means a demand by an individual or corporation for monetary compensation for a loss experienced by said individual or corporation.

County means Yuma County, a political subdivision of the State of Arizona.

County Administrator means the chief executive officer of the County appointed by, and serving at the pleasure of, the Board of Supervisors.

County Attorney means the individual who acts as the legal advisor to the Board of Supervisors, attends its meetings and opposes claims against the County which the County Attorney deems unjust or illegal.

Employee means any individual who is employed by the County, any volunteer, agency head, or any individual who works for commissions, boards, districts, and authorities, all of whom operate under the direct supervision of the County, when acting in their capacity as agents of the County.

Ergonomics means an applied science concerned with the characteristics of people that need to be considered in designing and arranging things that they use in order that people and things will interact effectively and safely.

Hazardous Energy means any source of energy including, but not limited to, mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical and thermal that pose a threat to the safety and/or health of persons utilizing said energy.

HIPAA – The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.

Lockout Device means an apparatus that holds energy isolation devices (i.e. on/off switches) in a safe or off position thereby providing protection by preventing machines or equipment from becoming energized because they are positive restraints that no one can remove without a key or other unlocking device.

Malingering means to pretend to be ill or injured in order to avoid work.

Minor Injury shall mean any injury for which medical treatment rendered by a health care professional is not sought.

OSHA means the Williams-Steiger Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.

Personal Data Device shall mean an electronic device including palm pilots, blackberries, i-pads and the like.

Peril means a cause of loss.

Property shall mean both real and personal business property owned by the County and utilized for County business and shall include the property owned by others if such property is used by the County.

Property Insurance is first-party insurance that indemnifies County property for its loss, or the loss of its income producing ability, when the loss is caused by a non-excluded peril.

Proxy Card is an identification card which, when used, allows access to a secure building.

Risk Management means the process of making and implementing decisions that will minimize the adverse effects of accidental losses on the County.

Risk Director means the individual responsible for controlling accidental losses, encouraging safety, obtaining insurance coverage, and overseeing the administration of claims against the County and its employees.

Serious Injury shall mean any injury for which an employee seeks medical treatment, including first aid, if such medical treatment is rendered for a charge.

Tagout Device means a prominently displayed warning device that an authorized employee fastens to energy isolation devices to warn other employees not to energize the machine while it is being serviced.

Unemployment Insurance means the mandatory social insurance that assists individuals who become unemployed.

Workers’ Compensation Insurance means the mandatory social insurance that pays medical costs, wage benefits, and/or disability to employees who experience work related injuries.

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