Welcome

The University of California is committed to achieving excellence in providing a healthful and safe working environment, and to supporting environmentally sound practices in the conduct of University activities. To meet this standard of excellence, the University implements management initiatives and best practices to systematically integrate environmental health and safety programs into all activities. All University activities are to be conducted in a manner that ensures the protection of students, faculty, staff, visitors, the public, property, and the environment. The University’s goal is to prevent all workplace injuries and illnesses, environmental incidents, and property losses or damage. Achieving this goal is the responsibility of every member of the University community.

The Environment, Health & Safety team in the Office of Risk Services provides strategic guidance, leadership, and systemwide coordination of resources to advance the goals of the university EH&S programs. Campus, medical center, and national laboratory EH&S offices support the mission of the university by providing comprehensive environmental protection, occupational health, and industrial safety expertise to the entire university community.

In order to best support safety at all locations, each department has at least one Department Safety Officer (DSO) who has been appointed by their department head and acts as the liaison between employees in their department and the UCOP EH&S Department. Additionally, Office of the President has established a Security and Safety Committee which is responsible for promoting a safe and secure workplace, define organizational security and safety needs, and provide the executive management with program recommendations and enhancements. The Security and Safety Committee meets quarterly consists of both management and employee representatives.

EH&S enables the research and educational processes through training and consultation, facilitating loss prevention programs, and providing a framework for workplace hazard analysis and control.

Ergonomics

Ergonomics Program Overview

UCOP EH&S support department managers and their employees in providing a safe and healthy work environment in all OP locations, and provides systemwide guidance.

Be Smart About Ergonomics Workstation Setup Guidelines

These simple adjustments may increase the comfort of your computer workstation.

Be Smart About Ergonomics Training and Risk Self-Assessment Link

The Omega Health Systems online Ergonomics Training and Self-Assessment is a preliminary part of scheduling an in-person workstation evaluation.

Material handling

Material handling includes lifting, transporting and depositing material using a variety of hand or hand-operated accessories such as dollies, wheelbarrows or other means. Learn how to keep your back safe when lifting and transporting materials.

Back health and safety

Tips to avoid back pain and injury.

Shoes for Crews

UC system-wide slip-resistant shoe program for food service and custodial employees

UCOP safety programs & resources

Report a safety hazard

Use the online Incident Reporting System, powered by AON eSolutions. Anyone can use this new, easy, and fast way to report a problem that affects the university's people, property, or environment.

UCOP staff emergency management

Resources for UCOP staff. In the event of an emergency, check your email and voicemail for instructions and information. Follow any directions given over the building PA system or by your Floor Wardens.

Safety resources

Guidance on food safety, hazardous waste, safety training, and other subjects.

Systemwide programs & resources

UC Smoke & Tobacco Free Policy

Effective 2014, UC joins other universities nationwide by implementing a systemwide smoke and tobacco-free policy. View details and download promotional resources.

UC EH&S Directors Leadership Council Link

Organization of the EH&S Directors from the UC campuses, Office of the President, medical centers, UC managed Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

UC EH&S Academy Link

A 30-hour training workshop that will provide EH&S professionals or others with health and safety responsibilities with an overview of the technical and administrative programs unique to the field.

Environmental Due Diligence program

Risk Services manages this systemwide program to assess and manage hazardous materials-related risks pertaining to all University real estate transactions.

Policies & guidance

Environment, Health & Safety guidance documents and publications

Includes guidelines for indoor air quality, safe research practices, laboratory design, and more.

University Policy on Management of Health, Safety and the Environment October 2005 PDF

October 2005

Policy and guiding principles developed by the Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) Directors to provide campuses a tool with which to implement an integrated health, safety and environmental management system.

Integrated Safety and Environmental Management letter by President Yudof August 2009 PDF

August 2009

President's letter of commitment to the Integrated Safety and Environmental Management (ISEM) system.