Programs

The purpose of the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is to protect the health and safety of campus personnel while maintaining regulatory compliance in an environmentally-conscious manner. Below are descriptions of programs overseen by the Department.

New Employee Safety Orientation

Meets the requirements of California Code of Regulations (CCR) Title 8, Sec. 3203.
Topics include: Injury and Illness Prevention Program, office safety, fire safety, emergency procedures, building evacuation procedures, incident reporting, and ergonomics. Safety Orientation is conducted upon hiring, on the first Wednesday of each month.

Injury and Illness Prevention Program

The goal of the IIPP is to protect the health and safety of all employees, and is accomplished through periodic inspections to identify and correct safety hazards that could cause injury or property damage. Specific training is provided for new employees by supervisors prior to their work assignment and for employees given new assignments, as well as whenever new substances, processes or procedures, or new equipment is introduced to the work place which may present a new hazard.

Conducted during new employee orientation and as needed.

Ergonomics Program

The Program's goal is to eliminate all repetitive motion injuries in the workplace through preventative workspace evaluations and training. New employees are trained on basic ergonomic principles and instructed to request a workspace evaluation immediately. Every employee is encouraged to schedule an evaluation by placing a General Work Request to the EH&S Department. 

Hazard Communication/Right to Know Program

The Program's goal is to ensure employee awareness of hazardous substances known to be present in the workplace, and assure that employees will be appropriately informed and trained concerning the potential hazards of the chemicals to which they may be exposed. Training on the University's Hazard Communication Program and the Global Harmonized System for hazard classification occurs on an annual basis for any employee contacting hazardous materials during normal work activities. 

Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Materials Business Plan

The Hazardous Materials Business Plan and campus inventory are maintained by EHS and resubmitted to the County of San Diego annually. Hazardous Waste Training, including Emergency Preparedness and Response, is provided to employees who are responsible for storage, use, or disposal of hazardous waste generated by their department. It is conducted before initial work assignment and annually. 

In the case of the release of significant quantities of Hazardous Materials, report immediately to:

1) USD Public Safety: (619) 260-2222; and

2) Environmental Health & Safety; (619) 260-2226

Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures Plan

The University SPCC Plan describes prevention measures and cleanup procedures for all oil storage locations on campus. The plan includes descriptions of the inventory, inspections, annual training, spill cleanup, and release reporting. 

Asbestos Safety

Asbestos surveys are conducted by certified technicians before any demolition or renovation of campus buildings. Training provided annually to all employees whom through their normal job duties may have contact with materials that may contain asbestos. 

Respiratory Program

Meets the requirements of California Code of Regulations (CCR) Title 8, Section 5144.  Annual training is provided to employees whose work will require the use of personal respirators. Health questionnaires are reviewed annually to determine employees' abilities to safely wear respirators and fit tests confirm functionality of respirators for each individual. Contact EH&S for enrollment in the Voluntary Dust Mask Use Program. 

Bloodborne Pathogen Program

This program is in recognition of the special hazards associated with the risk of exposure to and transmission of blood-borne pathogens, including but not limited to HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and HBV (Hepatitis B virus). Training is conducted before initial work assignment and annually for employees with potential to contact blood during normal work duties.

Lock out/Tag out Program

Meets the requirements of CCR, Title 8, Section 3314 and 29 CFR 1910.147. This program is required for employees whose job duties include maintenance and service of energized equipment. Video-based training occurs annually.

Hot Work Safety

This program is required for employees that conduct, welding, cutting, brazing, soldering, or other operations that produce heat, sparks or open flames. Training occurs on an annual basis. Burn permits are obtained after confirmation that locations pose no fire hazard.

Forklift Safety

This program required for employees who operate forklifts. Training is conducted before initial work assignment and every three years. A list of authorized forklift operators is maintained by the Transportation Department.

Confined Space Program

Meets the requirements of CCR, Title 8, Section 5156-5159. Provide to employees preventing exposure to confined space hazards within such spaces as boilers, compartments, ducts, sewers, storm drains, and pits.

Training is conducted before initial work assignment and annually.

Hearing Conservation Program

This program is conducted to assure implementation of hearing conservation measures specific to the functions of each department. It involves noise evaluation, hazard awareness communication, medical evaluation, engineering controls, posting of noisy area, use of hearing protection and management enforcement of all aspects of hearing conservation. Training is conducted before initial work assignment and annually.

 

 

Building Safety Representative Training

This annual training is provided to designated employees in each building. It covers USD's emergency management plan, emergency evacuation procedures, earthquake safety, incident reporting, and general safety 

Fire Safety and Emergency Response Training for Resident Directors and Resident Assistants

Training provided to all resident directors and resident assistants in injury and illness prevention program, fire safety, emergency evacuation procedures, fire extinguisher use, earthquake and disaster preparedness, accident reporting, general safety rules, general office safety and ergonomics.

Training conducted before initial work assignment and annually.

Emergency Evacuation Procedures

All employees on campus during spring break are trained in emergency evacuation procedures. Each building on campus is evacuated using the buildings fire alarm system. This exercise gives employees an opportunity to practice emergency evacuation procedures, review locations of exits, the sound of the fire alarms in their building and their assembly area location. Building safety representatives practice their responsibilities during this drill.

Training is conducted annually.

Fire Drills

In compliance with the California Code of Regulations Title 19, Section 3.13 and the Uniform Fire Code, Section 1303.3.3.1, Group E occupancies, fire drills are conducted once every calendar month for staff and occupants at the Manchester Child Development Center.

In compliance with the Uniform Fire Code 1303.3.2, Group A Occupancies(University Center, Joan Kroc Center for Peace and Justice, Jenny Craig Sports Pavilion, etc.) are conducted quarterly for building staff members only.

In compliance with the Uniform Fire Code 1303.3.5.2, Group R, Division 1 Occupancies (Student Housing), fire drills are conducted quarterly for Resident Directors and Resident Assistants only.

In compliance with the Uniform Fire Code Section 1303.5, Group B Occupancies,fire drills are conducted annually, campus wide to familiarize employees with fire alarm signals and emergency evacuation procedures, and assembly areas.

Workplace First Aid

Meets the requirements of CCR, Title 8, Section 3400 to provide this training equal to that of the American Red Cross. This class conducted for the employees that require first aid training as part of their job duties.

Training conducted before initial assignment upon request (minimum class size is 6) and every 3 years after.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

Meets the requirements of CCR, Title 8, Section 3400 to provide training equal to that of the American Red Cross.  This class conducted for employees that require first aid training as part of their job duties.

Training conducted before initial assignment upon request (minimum class size is 6) and annually after.

Monthly Safety Training Program

Video-based supervisor-led safety training regarding a variety of environmental, health, and safety topics occurs on a monthly basis. To request video-based training on any topic, please contact EH&S at ehs@sandiego.edu.