Lab Safety

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.

Radiation Safety

Radiation SafetyRadiation Safety oversees and facilitates the use of radiation sources in research and instruction; helping to ensure safety and regulatory compliance.

Laboratory Safety Manual

The laboratory safety manual provides an overview of lab safety procedures and policies.

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.

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...

Power Failures

Office of Environment, Health & Safety

Be Prepared for Power Failures Fact Sheet

Hazard Communication

The EH&S Hazard Communication program seeks to help campus departments fulfill the requirements of Cal/OSHA Section 5194, also known as the "Employee Right-to-Know" law. The law requires employers to provide information on physical and health hazards of the materials employees use or come into contact with as part of their work. There are three basic components of the Hazard Communication standard:

Adequate labeling of all hazardous substances in the workplace Providing information such as Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for each hazardous...

New Location for Biological Use Authorization

Office of Environment, Health & Safety
Biological Use Authorization (BUA) New Location Form

Make changes to existing BUA:


Complete a New Location Form and send it to

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Complete a BUA amendment and send it to bso@berkeley.edufor...

Cryogenic Liquids: Precautions and Safe Handling Procedures

Office of Environment, Health & Safety

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.

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.

Exposure Control Plan - UC Berkeley

Office of Environment, Health & Safety
Biological Spills and Exposures

Follow procedures outlined in the lab’s Biological Use Authorization (BUA).

Exposure Control Plan

The UC Berkeley Exposure Control Plan (ECP) describes how to eliminate or minimize the exposure of all UC Berkeley personnel to human and nonhuman primate blood or blood products and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) that might contain bloodborne pathogens (BBPs).

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