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Safety Coordinator Resources

Learn how Department Safety Coordinators and Area Safety Coordinators differ, and what each group needs to know.

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

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

  • Department Safety Coordinators serve all their co-workers, regardless of the kind of work performed. Every UCSD 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 are assigned to a specific facility where work with hazardous material occurs — typically a shop, studio, or research facility.

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

Use the resources below to help you do the job:

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Training for Safety Coordinators

UC Learning Center offers 2 courses for Safety Coordinators :

New Department Safety Coordinator (DSC) Orientation

Recommended for new and continuing department safety coordinators and supervisors. This course acquaints DSCs and supervisors with all areas of Environment, Health, & Safety: contacts, resources, policies, hazardous material business plan, emergency preparedness, and safety specialties.

How to get the training:

Department Safety Coordinator Training

Highly recommended for increased knowledge of the role of Department Safety Coordinator. Hosted and facilitated by Environment, Health, & Safety staff, these on-going sessions provide attendees with a clear understanding of the role of the DSC, professional development, and a collegial atmosphere that encourages the sharing of workplace health and safety challenges and successes.

How to get the training:

Staff Education and Development Certificate Programs

Want to go further? Read about the Staff Education & Development Certificate Program for Department Safety Coordinators.

Emergency preparedness

Organize emergency preparedness for your department.

Questions? Contact Continuity & Emergency Services, (858) 534-1064 or 534-3823.

Essential EH&S information

EH&S staff and services

Fire and life safety

Hazard awareness and planning

Injury and illness reporting

Learn about injury and illness reporting and UCSD's Workers' Compensation Program.

Questions? Contact the EH&S Workers' Compensation Office, (858) 822-2979.

Odors and indoor environment

Know how to respond and solve indoor environmental concerns.

  • See Indoor Environment for appropriate points of contact for various indoor environmental concerns.
  • Read Preventing Indoor Mold Growth.
  • Odor complaints are among the most common calls you'll receive.
    • Read What's That Smell? to learn about common and possible sources of troublesome (though not alarming) odors in the workplace and what you can do about them.
    • Use the Odor Log (PDF) (Word file) to track odor and indoor environment concerns. It will help maintenance and EH&S personnel track the problem down if you call for assistance.

Report safety concerns

Report safety concerns to EH&S.

  • Use the online Safety Concern form to report a health or safety issue at UCSD.
  • Or, to report a safety concern anonymously, call (858) 534-3660.

Safety resources

Safety training for employees

Make sure everyone (including yourself) attends required safety training.

  • Document all safety training.
    • Read About Safety Training for information about record keeping requirements and accessing UCSD's online safety training records.

Questions? Contact the EH&S Safety Training Manager.

Archived Safety Coordinator presentations

All archived Safety Coordinator presentations are PowerPoint files. These large files may take a few moments to open.

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