Building Safety

To keep campus buildings safe, building coordinators and alternates serve as important liaisons between the occupants of their building and various campus service and support units.

Lab Managers & Safety Coordinators

Laboratory managers and Laboratory Safety Coordinators (LSCs) are typically selected by a lab’s principal investigator, and serve a critical role with regards to lab safety. In many cases, the LSC is also the lab manager, though not always. LSCs serve as delegates for the principal investigator for many safety programs and applications including Lab Hazard Assessment Tool (LHAT) and Inspect.

Principal Investigators

Principal Investigators (PIs) must ensure the safety of work assignments and work spaces, assign safety training related to hazards, provide safety procedures and equipment, correct identified hazards (where practicable), look into the causes of incidents and take action to prevent similar incidents, and discuss safety in regular meetings and performance reviews.

Resources and Guides

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.

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Workplace Safety

California state regulations require every employer to establish, implement and maintain an effective Injury & Illness Prevention Program (IIPP). In August 2017, the University adopted a campuswide Workplace Safety Program that serves as the University’s central IIPP for creating a safe and healthful work environment. Having one program for the whole University helps to improve access, consistency, and usability across all departments. EH&S is the responsible department for overseeing the campuswide Workplace Safety Program. The campus Workplace Safety Program is based on the Injury...

Dispose of Waste

Master list of waste types is displayed below. Note: If you cannot find the item that you are trying to get rid of in this list, please contact EH&S at or (510) 642-3073. collapse all expand all Aerosol Cans

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Exported Soil Off-Haul Requirements

All soil must be evaluated by UC Berkeley standards for environmental contamination with laboratory analysis before export to any off-site location.

UC Berkeley soil cannot be taken to K-12 schools, residential developments or other sensitive receptor sites. UC Berkeley retains right of approval for all proposed disposal or reuse sites. Contaminated soil disposal will be subject to taxation through the Board of Equalization, based on weight and hazard class. Required Submissions

The following required documentation must be provided to EH&S for review at least...

Imported Soil Clean Fill Assessment Requirements

All soil imported for fill on UC Berkeley property must be demonstrated to be clean for the intended use based on the UC Berkeley Office of Environment, Health & Safety’s (EH&S) evaluation of the historic use of the fill source site and analytical tests on soil samples.

Required Submissions

The following required documentation must be provided to EH&S for review at least two weeks prior to the proposed import date.

1. Fill Source Area Assessment

Detailed information on the location and history of the source area including previous land uses,...

Sampling and Surveys

Soil Excavation: Sampling for Import and Disposal

Can I let my contractor or consultant take soil samples?

Not without EH&S approval. Contractors and engineers must comply with UC Berkeley sampling protocols for proper characterization of soils. Improper sampling poses a legal liability to the University. Only EH&S technicians, or a consultant working under the direction of EH&S, should sample soil.