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XIII Purchase Approval Policy

  • Purpose.
  • Scope.
  • Responsibility
  • Suggested Purchasing Review List.

To comply with North Carolina Office of State Personnel Workplace Requirement for Safety and Health, the University has developed the Purchase Approval Requirement for Safety and Health. The purpose of this policy is to ascertain that applicable safety design features are considered when purchasing equipment and machinery; to monitor the storage and use of highly toxic, carcinogenic, explosive, or reactive chemicals; ascertain proper design specification for equipment used for safety and health protection, fire prevention and protection purposes.


The guidelines in these requirements will apply to all University departments. These guidelines/ requirements do not relieve any department from compliance with other federal, state or local requirements.


The University has developed a list identifying equipment, machinery and chemicals that are to be reviewed prior to purchase.  The list includes, but is not limited to the Suggested Purchase Review List.

The purchasing agent is to forward a copy of all purchase request for the designated machinery or material to the Safety Director for review.

The Safety Director or designee reviews each chemical request for purchase and determines its compliance with standards, regulations or guidelines.  Results of the review are to be forwarded to the purchasing agent and the department initiating the purchasing request.

Suggested Purchasing Review List

CATEGORY I -Processing Equipment

  1. Woodworking machinery
  2. Welding machinery
  3. Power presses
  4. Printing presses
  5. Metal forming machinery

CATEGORY II - Construction Equipment

  1. Mobile portable scaffold) Ladders) Manlifts


  1. Toxic
  2. Biological
  3. Carcinogenic
  4. High explosive

CATEGORY IV - Safety Equipment

CATEGORY V - Fire Protection

  1. Respirators
  2. Fire extinguisher
  3. Safety belts and life lines
  4. Fire hose
  5. Eye protection devices
  6. Suppression system
  7. Head protection devices
  8. Hearing protection devices
  9. Waste containers for oily rags
  10. Eyewash and safety showers
  11. Flammable liquid cans and cabinets
  12. Refrigerators for laboratories
  13. Accident prevention signs
  14. First aid supplies
  15. Biological safety cabinets
  16. Coveralls
  17. Gloves
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