Workplace Safety

The campuswide Workplace Safety Program serves as the university’s central program for creating a safe and healthful work environment. 

Working on Campus

UC Berkeley COVID-19 Prevention Program EHS 207 Training: UC Berkeley Guidelines on Protecting Workers from COVID-19 COVID-19 Guidance for Cleaning & Disinfecting in the Workplace Cloth Face Coverings Distribution Schedule EH&S COVID-19 FAQ COVID-19 Training and Guidelines for Contractors CAL FIRE Information Bulletin: Use of Heaters in Temporary Tents & Awnings EH&S Campus Food Facilities Guidance Working Close During COVID-19 EH&S Advisory: Prevent Hand Sanitizer Burns

Research

COVID-19 Guidance and Resources for Research EHS 207 Protecting Workers Required Training Lab Research Ramp-Up Planning Laboratory Start-Up Guidelines Research Ramp-Up SOP Template Researcher Guide to Routine Sanitizing and Housekeeping Laboratory Ramp Down Checklist Cloth Face Covering Guidance for Labs Lab Spot Check Inspections Working Close During COVID-19 Field Research: Precautions and considerations for travel or fieldwork

Laser Safety Vendor Fair

An all-star showcase of the best in lasers, optics, and safety, brought to you by the Office of Environment, Health & Safety.

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...

Sewer System Management Plans

UC Berkeley has developed and is implementing Sewer System Management Plans (SSMPs) to properly manage, operate and maintain all parts of the following three sanitary sewer collection systems: UC Berkeley Collection System, Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay, and University Village Albany. The SSMPs were recertified by the Regents of the University of California on July 17, 2014 and again on July 18, 2019, in accordance with the State Water Control Board Order No. 2006-0003-DWQ. Regents' Meeting minutes have been approved, video of the Regents meeting can be found...

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

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 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...

Indoor Air Quality During Smoky Conditions

The UC Berkeley campus has hundreds of buildings and each building performs differently based on its design, age, equipment, and critical human factors. Learn more about ventilation in buildings.

"It Smells Smoky in Here..."

We can't stress enough the importance of keeping doors and windows closed when it's smoky outdoors.

Indoor air will commonly smell of smoke during a wildfire event, but when we test it, we find it’s consistently better (i.e., containing lower particulate matter) than being outdoors. Most buildings contain...