Office of Research: Environmental Health and Safety

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Content Last Update: 09/30/13


All Disciplines:

Safety Update  /  Progressive Discipline for Health and Safety Violations

Sept.23, 2013

CA Labor Code sections 6423 through 6436 requires that employers must ensure employees follow safety rules or be subject to civil and/or criminal penalties. Cal OSHA regulation Title 8 Section 3203 Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) requires employers to verify their employees follow health and safety policies and procedures.

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Biological Safety:

Safety Update    /  Phlebotomy Related Safety Alert.

Sept. 6, 2013

Within the last 12 months, researchers at University of California, San Francisco have reported a series of adverse events related to research phlebotomy (blood draw) procedures. The following practices are intended to help address these concerns in all research settings where blood draw procedures are performed.

Safety Update  / Infectious Agent Shipping and Transport Policy

April 10, 2013

Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations require that UCSF laboratory personnel be trained to properly package and ship any biohazardous samples used in research.  In addition, non-hazardous biological materials must also be properly packaged to avoid loss or spill during transport.

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Chemical Safety:

Safety Update  /  Nomex Lab Coat Fact Sheet

Oct. 2, 2013

As part of the UCLA/UC Regents Settlement Agreement, Environment, Health and Safety will distribute Nomex® lab coats for users of pyrophoric chemicals free of charge. Please read and acknowledge procedures in this Chemical Safety Update.

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Postings and Labels  /  Portable Container Label

Sept.18, 2013

Purpose:   Used for labeling portable containers into which hazardous substances are transferred from manufacturer containers.  Portable container label is NOT required if intended for the immediate use by the employee who performs the transfer.

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Postings and Labels  /  Particularly Hazardous Chemical (PHC) “not in use” Label

Sept.30, 2013


Used for labeling Particularly Hazardous Chemicals “not in use” 

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Safety Update  /  Chemical Exchange Program

Aug. 29, 2013

Campus Life Services recently launched Surplus Share. Surplus share is an online service that allows UCSF departments to exchange, trade, or sell excess chemicals in their inventory. EH&S encourages chemical exchange and re-use instead of disposing as hazardous waste. Chemical exchanges save research funding and avoid extremely high cost associated with disposal.

Safety Update  / Hydrofluoric Acid (HF) Safety

Aug. 20, 2013

Hydrofluoric Acid (HF) is one of the most dangerous chemicals known . Exposures to HF can be fatal if not treated properly. Contact with HF in concentrations less than 48% does not cause immediate pain, so systemic poisoning can begin before the person is aware of their contact with the acid. The critical minutes following an exposure can have a great effect on the chances of a victim’s survival.

Safety Update  / Hazard Communication Standards

May 1, 2013

New changes to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard are bringing the United States into alignment with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The new OSHA Standard requires employers to train all employees on new label elements and Safety Data Sheet (SDS) format by December 1, 2013.

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Fire / Life Safety

Safety Update /  When Working with Flammables

July 30, 2013

Prior to working with flammable materials: 

· Ensure that there are no open flames anywhere in the laboratory

· Identify the location of nearby fire extinguishers and emergency deluge showers.

· Wear a lab coat, preferably flame resistant.  Note:  All lab workers should wear flame resistant clothing if open flames are ever employed in labs ...

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General Safety:

Safety Updates  /  Refresher Requirements for LSR Training

April 1, 2013

Effective May 1, 2013, all UCSF laboratory workers must complete Laboratory Safety For Researchers (LSR) training every 3 years.

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Industrial Hygiene:

Respiratory Protection Program (RPP)  /  Respirator & Mask Guide (Campus)

May 2, 2013

Guide to the campus mask and respirator sorted by Names, Purpose, Fit Testing Requirements, Manufacturing Part Number, and Identifying Features.

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Public Health:

Exposure Information / Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)

August 8, 2013

Post exposure and injury response protocol for personnel working with or exposed to HSV infected materials in the laboratory research setting.

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