To proactively make every effort to ensure the health and safety of LBCC students, staff, and the public in general, and to comply with the environmental health and safety requirements of federal, state, and city regulatory agencies (OSHA Title 29, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1910).

The Public Safety Office is responsible for providing first aid care, preventive security, ensuring campus safety program consistency, traffic management, coordination with law enforcement agencies, emergency preparedness, and hazardous materials handling and disposal.

Staff is responsible for reading and becoming familiar with the Emergency Response Procedures and safety plans published by Safety and Loss Prevention and to complete safety trainings commensurate with their respective job duties according to the Safety Training Matrix found on the LBCC website. Staff is also encouraged to receive training and keep updated in both CPR and First Aid. Building emergency coordinators are trained in basic emergency response and evacuation procedures. Any potential health and/or safety hazards should be reported immediately to the Public Safety Office.

A safety committee has been established to identify and mitigate potential hazards and to monitor ongoing compliance with state and federal occupational safety and health requirements. In order to minimize the risk of personal injury and losses, the college will pursue:

  1. Prevention & Mitigation—provide safe facilities, equipment, and materials; provide applicable safety training; and establish safe practices which are strictly observed;
  2. Preparedness—establish strategies, processes, and protocols to prepare the college for potential emergencies;
  3. Response—prepare personnel, facilities, and equipment to effectively respond to, contain, and resolve an emergency; and
  4. Recovery—establish procedures, resources, and policies to assist the college and staff in return to a functioning status after an emergency.

Animals in a classroom, office, or other college buildings or grounds may serve as a health, safety, liability, sanitary, or custodial problem for students, staff, the general public, and the college. Therefore, no animals shall be permitted in college district buildings or on college district grounds, with the following exceptions:

  1. service animals are dogs or miniature horses that are professionally and individually trained or currently being trained to assist a person with a disability in one or more daily life activities, as outlined in applicable state and federal law and as applicable to Title 2 and 3 of the ADA;
    1. Please note:  if requesting a miniature horse, it must first be approved through the Center for Accessibility Resources due to size and space. 
  2. animals under the guidance and control of college staff for the purpose of research, instruction, or other endeavors related to the college mission;
  3. animals naturally incident to the operation of the college's equine program;
  4. dogs on a leash, provided such dogs remain outside all college buildings and the owners exercise responsibility for the immediate clean-up and removal of waste; and.
  5. "Emotional Support", "therapy"or "medical assistance "animals only as approved through the Center For Accessibility Resources and able to follow the guidelines set by the Center for Accessibility Resources and the Student Code of Conduct. These animals do not have protected access under the ADA.


The Surgeon General of the United States has determined that there is a classification of infectious diseases that does not put people at risk in terms of casual contact such as AIDS, HIV, Hepatitis B, and other like diseases. Linn-Benton Community College will treat persons with these diseases in the same manner as handicapped or disabled.

The college will not discriminate against employees with non- casual contact contagious diseases so long as they are otherwise qualified to perform their job.

In the case of an infectious disease epidemic, LBCC will follow the guidelines of Benton and Linn County public health agencies, FEMA, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in setting the response directives for the college. The LBCC Emergency Response Plan found at the Public Safety website details potential response protocols.


The Bloodborne Pathogens Plan was developed to address employees who may have occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the course and scope of their work. Engineering and work practice controls, a training program, and a post-exposure evaluation are provided to identified employee groups as well as students performing work-study for the college in these same areas.

Linn-Benton Community College has developed an Employee Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan. This plan is located online at the Public Safety web site, in Human Resources, and made available to all employees covered by the plan. The plan addresses exposure determination, which employees are covered under the plan, engineering and work practice controls, housekeeping, regulated waste disposal, laundry procedures, Hepatitis B vaccination and declination, post-exposure evaluation and follow-up, labeling and signs, training, record keeping, and review of the plan.

Students participating in a program at the college that requires clinical or cooperative work experience off-campus and who are covered by the college's workers' compensation insurance are also covered by the Employee Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan when working at an off-campus site.

A Student Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan has been developed to address students who may be exposed to blood or OPIM while participating in class work on campus. In the event a student incurs an exposure incident while taking part in an integral LBCC class activity, the college will pay for baseline testing of the student and the source, and approximately one hour of counseling for the student. If a student in a health-related program incurs an exposure while taking part in an LBCC clinical lab on campus, the college will also pay for follow-up testing, as recommended by occupational medicine, during the twelve months following the exposure.

DATE(S) OF REVISION(S): 06/30/92; 11/29/94; 4/30/96; 11/19/02; 04/19/05; 1/12/12; 2/14/13; 12/1/16; 1/7/21