Workplace Safety

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

Potential Fire Hazard: Agilent Gas Chromatography

December 6, 2022

Agilent, a lab instrumentation company, has identified a potential fire safety hazard affecting the 8890, 8860, and Intuvo 9000 Gas Chromatography (GC) instruments. If your department has any of these instruments, please share the attached notification with potential users for more details about corrective actions that can be taken to mitigate the fire safety hazards.

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Lab Hood Repair

Facilities Services
2022

Job Safety Analysis - Facilities Services
Lab Hood Repair

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Lathe Operations

Facilities Services
2022

Job Safety Analysis - Facilities Services
Lathe Operations

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Lab Hood Exhaust Ductwork Repair

Facilities Services
2022

Job Safety Analysis - Facilities Services
Lab Hood Exhaust Ductwork Repair

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Laser Free Day - November 9, 2022

December 7, 2022
Laser Free Day Information Two laser safety presentations were held on Wednesday, November 9; 10:00am - 12:00pm and 2:00pm - 4:00pm. Both presentations were identical and were held in-person at 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building and virtually via Zoom. Laser Use Principal Investigators (PIs) were encouraged to attend the session that worked best with their schedules. Online option

Those unable to attend in-person were encouraged to attend the virtual Zoom session. Those who were unable to attend in-person or virtually are encouraged to watch the following...

Laboratory Safety Self-inspections

Each year, EH&S initiates and tracks the completion of lab safety self-inspections, which are conducted by principal investigators or their delegates. The topics covered are designed to supplement inspections conducted by EH&S in order to facilitate safety awareness and ownership within the lab.

The self-inspection questionnaire can be viewed prior to initiating the self-inspections: Lab Safety Self-inspection Questions.

Compliance Requirement

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Hazardous Materials Facility

Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) manages hazardous materials at the Hazardous Materials Facility, located on Frank Schlesinger Way, just east of the Hellman tennis complex. Hazardous materials are collected, reusable materials are stored, and waste is sorted, labeled, packaged, and then transported to various off campus treatment facilities depending on the waste type.

The Facility also operates to distribute N95 masks during Wildfire Smoke events for the UC Berkeley campus community.

Non-Structural Seismic Bracing Program

2022

When an earthquake shakes unrestrained objects, they can slide, swing, overturn, or strike people or other objects. File cabinets, freestanding bookshelves, office equipment, and items stored on shelves or racks can all cause serious injuries by their movement during an earthquake.

Most injuries that occur during earthquakes are caused by the movement of the building’s contents, not by the movement of the building itself.

The ...

Laser Shutdown & Safety Day - November 9, 2022

October 28, 2022
The following message was sent to Laser Use Principal Investigators (PIs) on October 28, 2022. Laser Free Day - November 9, 2022 After nearly 20 years without any reported laser injuries and only a few laser incidents on the Berkeley campus, there have been 5 laser exposure incidents within the past 15 months. One incident led to minor, but permanent, retinal damage in a student. For each incident, there were violations of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and/or failure to adhere to campus regulations on laser use.

In response to this uptick, I am...

N95 Respirator Voluntary Use Training

Risk & Safety Training, University of California
2022

Information and Training for Employees Regarding the Use of Respirators

Download N95 Respirators Guidance - English (PDF) Download N95 Respirators Guidance - Spanish (PDF)

This information is based Cal/OSHA's regulation for worker use of respirators (Title 8 CCR.5144).