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Staff Member Saves Life Using CPR/AED

Armando Escobedo, a UC San Diego employee, received the EH&S Recognition Award for Excellence that commends faculty, staff and students for their acts of courage and bravery.  Armando was recognized for saving the life of Clayton Hinkle, a Trade Street employee, on June 3, 2010 using CPR with the assistance of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Watch his testimonial

Eugene Ngai Trains UC San Diego on Compressed Gas Safety

Many laboratories require the use of compressed gases for a variety of different operations, and gases can have health, physical and health hazards for which the user must be aware. Eugene Ngai, President of Chemically Speaking, addressed many of the hazards and safe working conditions for Compressed Gas Cylinder Safety outlined in CCR Title 8 Sections 4648-4665 and 29 CFR. Learn more about UC San Diego's compressed gas safety regulations.  

Avoiding OSHA’s 2017 ‘Top 10’ list

OSHA released the current Top 10 violations for 2017. Leading the list was fall protection. Learn what you can do to avoid fall hazards.

CUPA 2017 Inspection Results

CUPA reported a few minor violations and they were corrected on site. They were related to hazardous waste:

  • Medical waste not stored in approved and properly marked biohazard bags. 
  • Not properly labeling/dating hazardous waste container.
  • Not accumulating waste in a container or tank.
  • Waste not secured to deny access to unauthorized persons. 

Please learn more about how to safely manage your lab's hazardous waste

UC Marijuana Research Guidance Memo

On January 27, 2017, the University of California released a guidance memorandum for UC researchers and research administrators regarding the Marijuana Legalization Initiative, Proposition 64. Learn more about UC policies governing controlled substances.

UC San Diego Drones / UAS Take Off

The use of all unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) on San Diego owned property and/or for official UC San Diego business must be reviewed and approved by the Department of Environment Health &Safety (EH&S) prior to flight. Visit the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Safety page to learn more.

Note: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted an exemption (PDF) to the University of California. This allows campuses to operate drones/unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) to conduct aerial surveying and remote sensing applications, aerial photography and videography, aeronautical and avionics research and development, sensor research and development, precision agriculture, mobile communications research, forestry mapping and management activities, wildlife conservation activities, environmental and atmospheric monitoring, natural resource management/exploration, ecological studies, archeological surveys and exploration, water resource studies, photogrammetry and geographical mapping applications. All flight must be approved and logged. 

Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) Move

EH&S serves as one of many departments dedicated to helping with the transition to ACTRI. Here are some resources:

Use of Fluoroscopic Equipment Policy Announcement

Policy is to be included in the UCSD Radiation Safety Manual, Section 3: Medical Use of Radioactivity, as 3.10 “Use of Fluoroscopic Equipment” (PDF). This policy applies to all individuals who operate fluoroscopic equipment. It outlines the following:

  • Required Licenses, Certificates, and Permits
  • Weekly Fluoroscopic Output Monitoring
  • Supervison 

Please also refer to the Informational Notice Regarding New Fluoroscopic Equipment Use Policy (PDF).

Zika Virus Precautions for Field Operational Planning

The Field Operational Planner helps you anticipate and prepare for contingencies and potential health hazards before you go. Since the emergence of the Zika virus, it is essential to protect workers from occupational exposure. Protect yourself from an insurance claim or lawsuit filed against the university.

Follow the CDC and OSHA Interim Guidance for Protecting Workers from Occupational Exposure to Zika Virus when planning your trip to Zika affected areas

Also, reference the OSHA Zika Fact Sheet (PDF) before you embark on your trip.

Use Lessons Learned to Improve the Safety Program in Your Lab

The UC Center for Laboratory Safety (Center) helps to improve the practice of laboratory safety through the performance of scientific research and implementation of best safety practices in the laboratory. Check out their Lessons Learned pages to protect yourself and learn from past lab incidents.  

Get the Pain Out!

UC San Diego’s Pain Relief treatment program helps employees who suffer from painful muscular conditions in high risk occupations. Using TRT (Trauma Release™ Therapy), certified therapists treat painful muscle conditions. Learn more and complete the PRP Participant Qualification Worksheet to see if you qualify for the program at no cost to you!

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