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General Safety

The University Environmental Health and Safety Department has established an Injury and Illness Prevention Program that holds Schools, Departments, supervisor’s and each of us as employees and community members responsible for it’s active implementation. Each of the program areas outlined in other parts of the website are designed to support this central goal.

  • Preventing Workplace Injury& Illness - One way to remember those responsibilities is by knowing the TRICK to a good safety program.
  • Training - Health and Safety training is organized into three tiers ranging from very general information to more specific training offered by Schools, departments, supervisors, managers and Principal Investigators (PI). The objective is to train employees and students on the correct safety practices for the work they will be doing.
  • Fire Safety includes fire alarms, extinguishers, sprinklers, and maintaining egress ways free of obstructions.
  • Earthquake Safety Check back here a little later for information on earthquake safety and seismic bracing.
  • Electrical Safety includes ensuring that electrical cords are in good condition, proper use of extension cords and that mechanical safeguards for equipment and machinery are in proper working order, and personal protective equipment is available.
  • General Workplace Self-Inspection The University has developed a Checklist as part of the Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) to assist in identifying and when necessary, correcting general safety hazards. This form is used at ONCE PER YEAR to identify unsafe conditions in the workplace.
  • Ergonomics includes safe lifting, computer use, and laboratory ergonomics.