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What Department Safety Coordinators Need to Know

Learn about the responsibilities of a Department Safety Coordinator.

Department Safety Coordinators (DSC) are appointed by their departments to facilitate the flow of health and safety information and programs from Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) into the UC San Diego workplace.

Established in 1990, the first of its kind in the UC system, the program has succeeded in its primary goal of helping to better inform personnel about job-related safety risks.

Continued success depends upon the individual efforts of our network of DSCs.

Who is your DSC?

Some departments with multiple locations have more than one DSC. Contact if you need help locating your DSC.

Designate a DSC

Large departments and departments with multiple locations may need more than one DSC to be effective.

DSC responsibilities

Be a health and safety resource for co-workers.

If you can't answer their questions, contact EH&S, (858) 534-3660, for assistance.

  • Perform annual workplace inspections to identify and correct hazards in administrative workplaces (areas where hazardous materials are not used).

Post safety information on bulletin boards or in break rooms.

All items are available by request from EH&S, (858) 534-3660.

Resources to help you do the job

You don't have to start from scratch.

DSC training

Increase your DSC knowledge when you take DSC training.

Network with other DSCs in the class to find out how they meet the same kind of challenges you may encounter.


Department Safety Coordinators (DSCs) are different from Area Safety Coordinators (ASCs).

  • Department Safety Coordinators represent all their co-workers, regardless of the kind of work performed. Every department should have at least one DSC. Large departments and departments with multiple locations may need more than one DSC to be effective.
  • Area Safety Coordinators do not serve an entire department. An ASC is assigned to a specific facility where work with hazardous material occurs — typically a shop, studio, or research facility. Read What ASCs Need to Know.

Note: Some departments with higher risk workplaces employ a Department Safety Officer (DSO), a career safety professional.

For more information, contact the EH&S safety training manager.
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