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 & 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...

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 who operate their...

Aerial Lift

Facilities Services
2003

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

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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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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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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...

Electrical Safety

Office of Environment, Health & Safety
2021

Ladders

Gary Bayne
2021
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. Roles and responsibilities for safe use of ladders by employees (including temporary employees and graduate students performing research related activities in field stations and remote research facilities) are...