Shops and Trades

Policies, procedures, and training materials for any type of shop-work activities.

Learn about the various EH&S Safety Programs or download Frequently Used Forms

 How Do I:

Get Fitted for a Respirator?

Do not buy, borrow or wear a respirator without contacting EH&S first!

EH&S evaluates workplaces for possible airborne hazards and recommends ways to reduce these hazards when found. When appropriate, EH&S will fit campus workers with respirators and provide annual training on their proper use. This program is administered in cooperation with University Health Services. UHS evaluates a person's ability to safely wear a respirator prior to a respirator being issued. For more information contact EH&S at ehs@berkeley.edu.

Fact Sheet: Respiratory Protection

Resources

Respiratory Protection Program

RPP Employee Acknowledgement Form

Occupational Health Clinic Respiratory Protection Questionnaire

Annual Respiratory Protection Questionnaire

Write and Update a Job Safety Analysis (JSA)?

A JSA describes job tasks in step-by-step fashion, identifies associated hazards at each step, and outlines proper hazard controls that minimize the risk of injury or illness to the individual(s) performing that task.

The Office of Environment, Health, and Safety is available to UC Berkeley departments for initial assistance with the development of a job safety analysis and editorial review. Call (510) 642-3073 for information.

Visit the Resources & Guides page to search the JSA Library or learn more about JSAs.

Please contact Gary Bayne with comments and suggestions about the JSA Library.

RESOURCES

Fact Sheet: Job Safety Analysis

JSA Template

JSA Training Sign-in Sheet

  

Safety Programs:

If you have a safety question about a topic not covered here, contact EH&S at (510) 642-3073 or ehs@berkeley.edu.

Aerial Lift and Elevating Work Platform Safety Program

As mandated by Cal/OSHA and other regulatory compliance codes, this program guides compliance with, and application of, all legal requirements for UC Berkeley departments, field stations and work / research operations that use these types of equipment.

Asbestos Safety

EH&S assists the campus in complying with asbestos laws and regulations by assessing the potential risk from asbestos exposure and developing measures to control those exposures. In addition, EH&S together with Facilities Services (formerly PP-CS), responds to campus asbestos concerns, provides sampling, consults with contractors, and recommends corrective actions in emergency situations.

Confined Space Entry Program

Office of Environment, Health & Safety
2021

The Confined-Space Entry Program provides procedures, practices, and requirements necessary to ensure the safety of personnel working inside confined spaces.  This program applies to all UC Berkeley faculty, staff, students, and contractors performing confined-space entries on the UC Berkeley campus or at associated field stations and offices.

Crane/Hoist Safety Program

UC Berkeley’s Office of Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) manages Crane Safety to ensure Cal/OSHA compliance by campus Departments, Field Stations, and Contractors using University-owned overhead cranes, hoists and rigging. Administrative requirements, training requirements, recordkeeping requirements, inspection criterion and procedures, “Operator” and “Standby Person” safe-work procedures are included for all types of cranes and hoists that are used for lifting/moving equipment and materiel.

Electrical Safety Program

Overview

More than 3,600 disabling electrical contact injuries occur in the workplace and more than 2,000 workers are sent to burn centers with electric burns every year in the U.S.  Every day one person dies from electrical incidents.

Energy Isolation SOPs for Research Lockout/Tagout Program and App

The University of California (UC) Lock Out/Tag Out mobile application (LOTO app) and online management dashboard allows users to easily access, follow, create, copy and modify Energy Isolation SOPs or Lock Out/Tag Out procedures for any equipment that operates on one or more types of energy (electricity, compressed gas, hydraulics, mechanical movement, fuels, etc.). For Researchers, LOTO procedures may be used for research equipment “Energy Isolation SOPs” for documenting and training lab personnel on safe research equipment operation / shut down.

Fall Protection

In 2009, nationally there were fatal 520 falls, while in California there were 54 fatal falls of which 41 would have been prevented with adequate fall protection. Cal/OSHA has Fall Protection Safety regulations that ensure safe-work activities when the possibility of falling is present. The University of California, Berkeley (UCB) has developed this Fall Protection Safety Program to manage the safe selection, procurement, use of and safe work practices, inspection, and record-keeping of all fall protection equipment (FPE).

Forklift and Industrial Work Truck Safety

This program guides all aspects of the Forklift and Industrial Lift Truck Safety Program for the University of California at Berkeley. As mandated by Cal/OSHA and other regulatory compliance codes, this program guides compliance with, and application of, all legal requirements for UC Berkeley departments, field stations and work / research operations that use these types of equipment.

Departments that own, lease, rent and/or otherwise operate forklifts and other types of industrial lift trucks must:

Hearing Conservation

EH&S and University Health Services (UHS) together administer a Hearing Conservation Program designed to protect faculty, staff and students from hearing loss due to exposure to loud noise, i.e., exposure to noise above 85 decibels as an eight-hour time-weighted average.

The Hearing Conservation Program includes:

Ladder Safety Program

UC Berkeley has developed this Ladder Safety Program to manage the safe selection, procurement, safe work practices, inspection, inventory tracking and record keeping of all ladders. The Ladder Safety Program applies to any department on campus, at field stations, or on leased property where any type of ladder three (3) feet or more in length/height is used.

Machine Guarding

Machine GuardingCalOSHA code requires that any machine part, function, or process which may cause injury must be safeguarded. When the operation of a machine or accidental contact with it can injure the operator or others in the vicinity, the hazards must be either controlled or eliminated.

Respiratory Protection

EH&S evaluates workplaces for possible airborne hazards and recommends ways to reduce these hazards when found. When appropriate, EH&S will fit campus workers with respirators and provide annual training on their proper use. This program is administered in cooperation with University Health Services. UHS evaluates a person's ability to safely wear a respirator prior to a respirator being issued.

Shop Safety Program

There are more than 50 shops on campus and at field stations that conduct work in support of research and maintenance activities. Work includes model-building, carpentry, machine building, electrical/electronics, concrete work, glass blowing, metal working, vehicle maintenance and more. The University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) has developed this Shop Safety Program to manage the hazards associated with various shops and their work activities to comply with Cal-OSHA and other regulations concerning shops.

Welding and Hot Work Program

Hot Work / WeldingThe UC Berkeley Hot Work Program provides procedures and supplemental information for welding and other hot work on campus. This program is designed to prevent injuries, prevent fire, control hazards, and to ensure compliance with Cal/OSHA safety regulations and the California Fire Code.

Frequently Used Forms

Pre-Use Inspection Checklists: You are required to complete an inspection of your tools and equipment before you use them. For equipment-specific checklists and resources, reference the safety programs information above.

Resources

EH&S Contact

safety@berkeley.edu