FM Safety's objective is to provide employees with a safe and healthy workplace. A safe work environment ensures continued productivity by minimizing lost work days and work restrictions due to injuries.

What We Do

Proactively create a safe work environment and reduce risk through several avenues, including hazard identification, training, education, awareness programs and standard operating procedures. We also provide workers' compensation case management services to FM employees and managers with return-to-work assistance.
How We Do It

Hazard Identification

    • Perform facility inspections, safety assessments, and on-site audits of work areas to assure that safe work conditions exist and that safe work practices are being followed. Work area and on-the-job safety observations are followed up with corrective action recommendations.
    • Participate in property loss control audits with insurance carriers.
    • Work with other University of Minnesota units on safety and health issues, such as the Occupational Health and Safety office, Office of Disability Services, Office of Risk Management, Department of Environmental Health and Safety, and Fleet Management.

Training and Education

    • Provide regularly-scheduled environmental, safety and health training for workers throughout FM on all shifts. Develop and update training materials based on industry standards and FM needs assessments.
    • Provide training to other University work units who request it.
    • Safety meeting make-up presentations can be found on the FM K: drive at K/FM/Safety/Safety Programs & Training.

Consultant Services

    • Respond to safety and health concerns and provide on-site evaluations. Research safety and health related issues and offer resolution for corrective actions.
    • Participate on the Material and Equipment Review Board to pro-actively evaluate tools, equipment and supplies to reduce workplace hazards and standardize equipment.
    • Provide consultation to University Service's units on risk issues.

Safety Programs and Standard Operating Procedures (S.O.P.'s)

    • Develop, standardize and maintain safety programs and procedures, such as employee right-to-know, respiratory protection, lockout/tagout and confined spaces. Develop and implement job-specific Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) for related Facility Management operations. Click here for more information.

Risk Management

    • Proactively reduce risk by rating outside contractors on their safety programs and performance. Provide contractor safety program ratings to the Purchasing Department for evaluation of contractors.
    • Coordinate the workers' compensation return-to-work program to ensure continued access to productive jobs for injured employees and continued productivity for the University.
    • Ensure that hazardous waste generated by Facility Management operations are properly handled, transported and stored for disposal, re-use or recycling.

Accident Investigation and Identification of Corrective Actions

    • Review near miss incidents, unsafe condition reports, and personal injury reports for corrective actions to prevent re-occurrences. Work with supervisors to implement corrective actions to reduce the likelihood of a reoccurrence.

Respond to Employee Concerns and Suggestions

    • Provide assistance to employees, supervisors, and managers with environmental, health, and safety questions.
    • Lead Facilities Management's Labor/Management safety committee. The committee meets monthly and consists of labor and management representatives from throughout Facilities Management.


    • Reduce workers' compensation costs by creating greater safety awareness through the implementation of a safety incentive program.
    • Implement an objective contractor safety performance and program rating system to be used in the contract award scoring process.
    • Provide employee safety and health training on an on-going basis for all FM work units.
    • Coordinate compliance with Research Occupational Health Program requirements for FM employees entering animal laboratories.
    • Update safety programs and training materials to stay current with industry standards and changes in FM operations.

Contact Information

Administrative Offices
Food Ops Building
2904 Fairmount Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Larry Thompson
Cell: 612-685-6007

EH&S Specialist
Bill Polta
Cell: 612-685-6033

EH&S Specialist
Kay Sargent
Cell: 612-685-6022

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