UCOP Department Safety Officers (DSO)

At least one Safety Officer(s) is appointed for each UCOP Department by the Department head through the appropriate Vice President. The Department Safety Officer should be an experienced midlevel employee who understands the UCOP system. The Department Safety Officer's duties are outlined below. To adequately perform these duties the person would need to dedicate approximately 5 percent of their time (2 hours per week) to this function. The UCOP Department of EH&S will provide the necessary initial and recurring training to the Department Safety Officers.

The Department Safety Officer is responsible for the following:

  1. Remain informed about safety and health regulations, procedures, and safeguards affecting UCOP employees within their departments/building;
  2. Investigate accidents and incidents that have occurred and identify and implement the corrective action necessary to prevent a similar accident from occurring;
  3. Ensure that regular health and safety inspections are conducted within their departments/building. (BSAS Form 2);
  4. Plan and ensure that regular safety meetings are conducted within their department/building. (BSAS Form 3);
  5. Report to the UCOP EH&S Department any unsafe or unhealthy conditions which they cannot correct;
  6. Serve as a health and safety liaison between employees within their department and/or building and the UCOP EH&S Department. (BSAS Form 4);
  7. Maintain department safety records to document employee training, inspections, safety meetings and accident investigations. (BSAS Form 1).