Shop Safety

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

Karina Saravia-Butler

Communications & Program Manager
Communications & Outreach
New PI Orientation
Lab Safety
Database Management

Eyewear - Protecting Your Eyes Fact Sheet

Office of Environment, Health & Safety

More than 90,000 eye injuries occur each year in the United States. Many of these could have been prevented with proper protective eyewear. The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) requires that protective eyewear be worn wherever there is the potential for injury from flying particles, hazardous substances, or dangerous light. The eyewear must meet the standards put forth by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in Standard Z87.1-1989. Safety eyewear that meets this standard has “Z87.1” imprinted on the frame or lens. Since eye hazards are common...

Personal Protective Equipment for Lab and Shops

Office of Environment, Health & Safety

Controlling a hazard at its source is the best way to protect employees. Engineering or administrative controls to manage or eliminate hazards to workers is the preferred option. When engineering or administrative controls are not feasible or do not provide sufficient protection, supervisors must provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to their workers and ensure its use. Attire when occupying a laboratory or shop containing hazardous materials or equipment.

Noise: Controlling Your Exposure at Work - Fact Sheet

Office of Environment, Health & Safety

There are several ways to protect against exposure to excessive noise levels. Engineering controls involve changes in the work area or equipment; administrative controls involve changes in work procedures. Usually one or the other provides sufficient protection. The law requires that these controls be considered before employees are made to wear hearing protection. If engineering and administrative controls are not feasible or will not provide adequate protection, hearing protection devices, training, and audiometry must be provided to employees.

Compressed Gas Cylinders: Proper Management And Use

Office of Environment, Health & Safety

University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) departments that use compressed gas cylinders must comply with a wide variety of laws and regulations, including those issued by Cal/OSHA, the California Fire Code and the City of Berkeley. This booklet provides general guidelines to help departments comply with those regulations. More specific information can be obtained from Material Safety Data Sheets and your department’s Job Safety Analyses (JSAs). Talk to your gas supplier about hands-on training and other useful safety information.

Compressed gas cylinders range from small...

Radiation Use Authorization Application

Office of Environment, Health & Safety
Radiation Use Authorization (RUA) Application Form

The use of radioactive materials or radiation producing machines (RPMs) at UC Berkeley must occur under an approved Radiation Use Authorization (RUA).

Exploding Cylinder in Garbage

July 31, 2007
What Happened?

On April 11, 2007, an employee of Campus Recycling and Refuse Services was alarmed when a suspected compressed gas cylinder ruptured in the rear hopper of a garbage truck. The employee was standing at the rear of the truck and had activated the blade that sweeps the garbage from the hopper into the body of the truck for further compaction. The pressurized gas cylinder was believed to be concealed inside a plastic trash bag. The sweeping action of the blade ruptured the cylinder and the residual contents sprayed into the employee’s face.

A cylinder in a garbage truck...

Needles and Sharps: Safe Handling, Injury Response and Disposal

Office of Environment, Health & Safety

A sharp is any device with corners, edges, or projections capable of cutting or piercing. Sharps include,
but are not limited to, the following:

Needles Needles with syringes and attached tubing Blades (razors, scalpels and X-acto®) Glass pasteur pipettes Broken glass, glass slides, and coverslips

Soheila (Sonia) Khaligh

Safety Engineering & Program Specialist
Workplace Safety
Shop Safety