Stay safe and up-to-date with the latest news relating to research, environmental, fire, occupational, radiation and general safety.
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.
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.
EH&S serves as one of many departments dedicated to helping with the transition to ACTRI. Here are some resources:
Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) has upgraded from Biosafety Information Online (BIO) to Biohazard Use Authorization (BUA) application. The new system will be managed locally by EH&S at UCSD. Our goal is to provide an efficient system which provides a better customer experience and integrates with existing EH&S application tools.
The new version of BUA will have the following updated features:
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Emergency Management coordinated the AED/CPR training day at the Price Center and added training at SIO this year. This three hour event was attended by over 138 people at both locations. The event demonstrated a need to expand this type of training in the future.
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:
Please also refer to the Informational Notice Regarding New Fluoroscopic Equipment Use Policy (PDF).
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.
For work with liquid pyrophoric chemicals outside of a glove box, appropriate hand protection must include chemically resistant outer gloves (Ansell 25-201 NeoTouch® neoprene gloves) on top of an approved flame-resistant (FR) inner glove or glove liner (Ansell 70-200 Kevlar Liner gloves). If flame-resistant gloves are needed or compromise dexterity due to the nature of the work, contact the Chemical Safety Officer (858-822-1579) for guidance. Never reuse disposable gloves.
Learn more by reading the FR Glove Settlement FAQ (PDF) provided by the University of California Office of Risk Services.
At a minimum, everyone is responsible for maintaining laboratory security:
The Recycled Water Expansion will extend recycled water lines across the UC San Diego campus to the Central Utility Plant Cooling Towers. By bringing recycled water to the Plant and retrofitting the cooling tower equipment and controls, 80% of current potable water use in the towers can be replaced with recycled water. This will reduce potable water use by 27.5 million gallons per year in 2016 and 60 million gallons per year in 2017 and beyond. Learn more about the Recycled Water Program at UC San Diego.
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.
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!