Issuance Date: 12/01/2006
Issuing Office: Environment, Health & Safety
The University of California, San Diego is committed to achieving excellence in providing a healthy and safe working environment, and to supporting environmentally sound practices in the conduct of University activities. It is UCSD policy to comply with all applicable health, safety, and environmental protection laws, regulations, and requirements.
To meet this standard of excellence, UCSD implements management initiatives and best practices to systematically integrate health, safety, and environmental considerations and sustainable use of natural resources into all activities. All UCSD activities are to be conducted in a manner that ensures the protection of students, faculty, staff, visitors, the public, property, and the environment.
The University's goal is to prevent all workplace injuries and illnesses, environmental incidents, and property losses or damage. Achieving this goal is the responsibility of every member of the UCSD community. Supervisors have particular responsibility for the activities of those people who report to them.
Everyone at UCSD has responsibility for his or her occupational health and safety. Each individual is responsible and accountable for ensuring his or her own activities are performed safely and in accordance with current polices and guidelines.
Supervisors have an especially important role in the UCSD health and safety program. Supervisors are responsible and accountable for ensuring all activities under their control are performed safety and in accordance with current policies and guidelines.
Each department or unit must implement the UCSD "Injury and Illness Prevention Plan" (IIPP) that addresses general safety, accident prevention, fire/life safety, ergonomics and disaster preparedness for workers in that department or unit. Department Chairs are responsible for departmental safety obligations, including assuring adherence to the IIPP, and that their department develops and implements an Emergency Action Plan. An audit system should be established at the department level to assure an effective health and safety program remains in place. EH&S monitors and audits the management and performance of departmental health and safety programs. This system of safety management and compliance auditing, combined with the results from departmental inspections and other monitoring activities, provides an assessment of the quality of health and safety management and identifies areas where improvements are needed and how best to apply resources.
Activities Requiring Advanced Authorization
Certain activities require advanced authorization, consultation, and/or training at UCSD. EH&S administers several faculty-led committees that review and approve the use of hazardous materials in research and clinical activities. EH&S advises Managers and Supervisors on the safe performance of other activities that require advanced authorization, consultation, and/or training.
Advanced authorization is required for the use of radioactive materials or radiation producing machines, lasers at or above Class 3b, biohazardous materials (including human blood and body fluid), recombinant DNA, and controlled substances. Advanced consultation is required for the use of known human carcinogens. Advanced authorization and/or training is required for the following: entry into a confined space, use of a respiratory protection device (respirator), work on high-voltage equipment, use of a forklift, use of a scissor lift or other personnel elevating device, use of scaffolding or work requiring fall-protection, research diving, and small boat operations.
Advanced authorization is required for all construction and maintenance activities that may involve disturbance or removal of asbestos, lead paint, or other known hazards. Construction and maintenance activities that involve fire and life safety systems, such as fire alarms or fire sprinklers, require advanced approval by the UCSD Fire Marshal in EH&S.
All employees are responsible for adherence to the UCSD health and safety standards. Managers and Supervisors are responsible for assuring operations under their control are conducted in a safe manner, training is provided prior to start of work, and hazards are identified and mitigated. Safety performance will be monitored on an annual basis during the performance evaluation process. The Health and Safety Coordinating Council will review this health and safety policy annually in order to foster progressive improvement in safety performance.