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Pain Away and Pain Relief Programs Re-evaluated and Revamped

Pain Away and Pain Relief programs at UC San Diego are currently undergoing evaluation for improvement. In the meantime, if you have occupational questions related to painful muscular conditions, please contact ehsergo@ucsd.edu.  

EH&S Deploys Mass Notification of Bomb Threat/Extortion Attempt

Recently, UC San Diego activated the Everbridge mass notification system to notify the campus community of an extortion attempt that was circulating via email. This is the same system UC San Diego uses to send out Triton Alert messages. EH&S Emergency Management received numerous inquiries as to whether the email was spam or if the link was a phishing attempt.

UC San Diego uses a third-party company, Everbridge, to deliver time-sensitive emergency notifications via text messaging and email. Any email from UC San Diego will come from the address of <noreply@everbridge.net>. Any text message will come from the number 893-61. Triton Alert emails will contain a link to acknowledge receipt of the message. Triton Alert text messages will ask you to “Reply with YES to confirm receipt” or allow you to click on a link to acknowledge receipt of the message.

EH&S Emergency Management kindly ask recipients to confirm receipt of Triton Alert messages.

This enables EH&S Emergency Management to measure the performance of the Everbridge system. Confirming receipt also allows the system to stop sending subsequent alerts to the recipient’s other delivery options, which speeds up delivery to the next contact in the queue. 

For more information on the Triton Alert system, please visit: https://blink.ucsd.edu/safety/emergencies/campuswide/notifications/faq.html

Students, faculty, staff, and guests can register or update emergency contact information by visiting: https://blink.ucsd.edu/safety/emergencies/campuswide/notifications/index.html

Please see below for examples of Triton Alert emails and text messages.

Triton Alert Email Message

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

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 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.  

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