Workplace Safety

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

Cal/OSHA Inspections

Fact Sheet: Cal/OSHA Inspections

Cal/OSHA inspectors can make unannounced visits to make sure that the Berkeley campus and associated fa- cilities are safe and healthy. Normally, they contact EH&S first by coming to the EH&S main office. If they show up at your workplace without an EH&S escort, call EH&S immediately at 642-3073. EH&S will help ensure the appropriate labor union(s) is/are involved and will provide additional support throughout the process.

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

Resources and Guides

Job Safety Analysis (JSA)

A JSA describes job tasks in step-by-step fashion, identifies associated hazards at each step, and outlines proper hazard controls that minimize the risk of injury or illness to the individual(s) performing that task. 

Chemical Exposures

What to do if Chemical Exposure occurs:

  • Remove victim from source of exposure.
  • If the injury is serious or it is not safe to remove the victim, call 911.
  • If there has been skin or eye contact, immediately flush skin or eyes with water using an emergency shower or eyewash if available. Continue flushing for 15 minutes or until medical help arrives.
  • Remove contaminated clothing from the victim.

UC Berkeley Toxic Gas Program

Office of Environment, Health & Safety
2020

UC Berkeley has a Toxic Gas Program that specifies minimum requirements for safe storage, use, and handling of toxic gas on campus. The Office of Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) coordinates this program by performing evaluations of toxic gas usage and offering technical advice on the requirements of the program.

Prior to the purchase of any toxic gas one or more of the following requirements may apply as a condition of use:

Campus Toxic Gas Program

Office of Environment, Health & Safety
2010

Campus Toxic Gas Program Fact Sheet (PDF)

Also see: Toxic Gas Program Document

Carcinogens

Office of Environment, Health & Safety
2012

Carcinogens Fact Sheet

Job Safety Analysis

Job Safety Analysis or JSAs describes job tasks in step-by-step fashion, identifies associated hazards at each step, and outlines proper hazard controls that minimize the risk of injury or illness to the individual(s) performing that task.

Getting Started with Job Safety Analysis (JSA)

How do I write or find a JSA? The objective of providing this library is to:

  • Improve safety awareness among staff
  • Decrease injury rates
  • Make effective JSA resources available to the entire UC Berkeley campus