Equipment and Tool Safety

Providing resources and guidance for the safe use of tools by UC Berkeley personnel.

Workplace Safety

California state regulations require every employer to establish, implement and maintain an effective injury prevention program. In August 2017, the University adopted a campuswide Workplace Safety Program that serves as the university’s central program 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.

Aerial Lift and Elevating Work Platform Safety Program

Office of Environment, Health & Safety
2021

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, rent and/or otherwise operate Aerial Lifts / Elevating Work Platforms (AL/EWP) must:

Select and then purchase or rent appropriate equipment for job tasks based upon an work-environment and job-task hazard analysis, Train and certify personnel...

Aerial Lift

Facilities Services
2003

Job Safety Analysis - Facilities Services
Working In Manlift (Aerial Lift)

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Labs and Research

Providing support, in the form of risk assessment, review, consultation(link sends e-mail), training, and the necessary resources and guidance for research at UC Berkeley.

Cryogenic Liquids: Precautions and Safe Handling Procedures

Office of Environment, Health & Safety
2021

Cryogenic liquids are extremely cold liquids that at normal temperature and pressure would be a gas. These very cold liquids provide a fluid media that is useful for researchers to preserve their sample materials and for laboratory experimental processes. This fact sheet provides a summary of the hazards and safe work practices for users of cryogens and can be referenced in the laboratory Chemical Hygiene Plan. The most common cryogens are nitrogen and helium.

Chainsaws

Office of Environment, Health & Safety
2003

Operating a Chainsaw, Job Safety Analysis (JSA)

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Chainsaw Safety (PDF), OSHA ...

Calibrating and Repairing Meters

Radiation Safety
Office of Environment, Health & Safety
2005

Environment, Health & Safety – Radiation Protection
Calibrating And Repairing Meters

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Electrical Safety Program

Electrical Safety at UC Berkeley

The UC Berkeley Electrical Safety Program provides information about electrical hazards, guides University safe-work policy, electrical safety procedures, equipment design, development and installation for all electrical work, equipment and systems at UC Berkeley. All faculty, staff, students, visitors and contractors must comply with the requirements of this program as it ensures their safety by:

Defining safe work practices and use requirements for all...

Laboratory Ergonomics

University Health Services

Laboratory Ergonomics
Whether you plan to work in a research lab for one semester or throughout your career, there are ways to protect yourself from ergonomic hazards common in laboratory settings. Learn about proper posture, pipetting, and other common ergonomic risk factors.

Electrical Safety Program

Office of Environment, Health & Safety
2021

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.

The UC Berkeley Electrical Safety Program provides information about electrical hazards, guides University safe-work policy, electrical safety procedures, equipment design, development and installation for all electrical work, equipment and...