What is Safety & Industrial Hygiene?
Safety & Industrial Hygiene is the practice of ensuring the general health and safety of the campus by supplying information, services, and equipment to help identify, evaluate, and control potentially harmful activities in the work and learning environment.
Safety program areas help you prevent injuries and illnesses while you are working.
Aerial Work Platforms
The Aerial Lift/Elevating Work Platform Safety Program works to manage the safe selection, procurement, use or and safe work practices, inspection, inventory tracking and record keeping of all university owned or rented Aerial Lift/Elevating Work Platform.
- Confined Space
The University requires the safe handling, use, and storage of compressed gas cylinders to protect employees and students from potential physical and health hazards associated with using compressed gases in laboratories or other locations that are part of the University.
- Dining Safety
- Drone Safety Program
- Electrical Safety
The Fall Protection Safety Program applies to any department on campus, at field stations, or on leased property where any type of activities could result in injuries from falls. The campus Fall Protection Program outlines roles and responsibilities for the users of FPE (including full time employees, contract employees and graduate students performing research related activities in field stations and remote research facilities) as well as those of EH&S in managing this program, and “Owner Departments” that purchase, maintain and manage an inventory of fall protection equipment, and train their personnel on its safe use and proper care. In addition, this program describes all aspects of secondary FPE use, inspection, personnel accountability for the condition and use of the equipment, safe work practices, training requirements, and record keeping.
Federal OSHA Regulation 29 CFR 1926.500
The Forklift Safety program works to provide forklift operator safety training for all University of California departments, field stations and work/research operations that use these types of equipment.
Cal/OSHA Regulation 8 CCR 3668
Federal OSHA Regulation 29 CFR 1910.178
- Hazard Communication
Heat Illness Prevention
Southern California is a desert and it is important to remember that working outdoors during hot days can lead to heat illness. Water. Rest. Shade. Learn more about the Heat Illness Prevention resources available.
Cal/OSHA Regulation 8 CCR 3395
Infographic: Health Effects of Heat
Hearing conservation programs strive to prevent initial occupational hearing loss, preserve and protect remaining hearing, and equip workers with the knowledge and hearing protection devices necessary to safeguard themselves. Employees who are routinely exposed to high levels of workplace noise must participate in the Hearing Conservation Program. At UCR, this level is 85 dB(A) averaged out over an 8-hour workday. Those affected may include, but are not limited to, personnel in:
- Machine shops
- Maintenance and utilities
- Carpentry and machine shops
- Housing and dining services facilities
Testing for Hearing Conservation is conducted annually in December, contact EH&S at (951) 827-5528 for details
Hot Work Program
Th Hot Work Program details the process required to obtain and complete a hot work permit to perform hot work (welding, burning, grinding, and cutting) activities at the UC Riverside campus and facilities. These procedures have been established to prevent accidental fires, loss of life, injury from exposure to sparks, heat, or flames, and/or property loss. The hazards associated with hot work can be reduced through the implementation of an effective control program
Cal/OSHA Regulation 8 CCR 6777
Injury Illness and Prevention Program
Per California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Section 3203, we have incorporated a campus wide Injury and Illness Prevention Plan (IIPP) which describes specific requirements for program responsibility, compliance, communication, hazard assessment, accident/exposure investigations, hazard correction, training, and record keeping. This is incorporated in the IIPP campus policy, which includes specifics about responsibilities, implementation, and program elements.
Cal/OSHA Regulation 8 CCR 3395
Janitorial Safety Training Guide
developed by the Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP)
The Ladder Safety Program manages the safe selection, procurement, use of and safe work practices, inspection, inventory tracking and record keeping of all University owned ladders. This program describes all aspects of ladder safety including a ladder safe-use policy, personnel accountability, hazard assessment and proper ladder selection, safe work practices, training requirements, and record keeping.
Personal Protective Equiptment
Personal protective equipment controls hazards that cannot be eliminated through engineering and administrative controls*. PPE includes all clothing and accessories designed to protect against safety and health hazards.
Cal/OSHA Regulation 8 CCR 3380
Shop Safety Program to manage the hazards associated with various shops and their work activities to comply with Cal-OSHA and other regulations concerning shops. Included are work activities conducted by temporary employees and graduate students performing research at field stations and remote research facilities.
Federal OSHA Regulation 29 CFR 1910.147
Theater & Performing Arts Safety
The goal of the Theater & Performance Safety Program is to ensure that a safe, healthy environment shall be maintained at all times within all campus Theatre & Performing Arts departments and programs. This includes the control and minimization of all known and potential hazards associated within creative, artistic, and performance development.
Utility Tunnel Safety Program
The Utility Tunnel Safety Program provides procedures for safely working in the UCR tunnel system and sets forth the requirements for all University employees, associated contractors and vendors. This program applies to the University of California, Riverside spaces requiring a tunnel key for entry, and to all persons entering tunnel spaces on behalf of the University of California. This program also applies to any campus utility tunnels, except sections specifically designated as "Confined Spaces".
Federal OSHA Regulation 29 CFR 1926
Industrial hygiene activities involve the anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of workplace hazards.
Asbestos is the name given to six minerals that occur naturally in the environment as bundles of fibers that can be separated into thin, durable threads for use in commercial and industrial applications. If products containing asbestos are disturbed, tiny asbestos fibers are released into the air. When asbestos fibers are breathed in, they may get trapped in the lungs and remain there for a long time. Over time, these fibers can accumulate and cause scarring and inflammation, which can affect breathing and lead to serious health problems. It is important for employees to follow proper work practices to minimize the potential for disturbing any presumed asbestos containing material (PACM) and potentially releasing asbestos fibers into the air.
Download UCR's Asbestos Management Plan
For more information on these and other health effects of asbestos exposure, see the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry website.
Crystalline Silica Program
The purpose of the Crystalline Silica Program is to protect the UC Riverside campus community from health hazards associated with exposures to respirable dust that contains crystalline silica and ensure campus compliance with applicable health and safety regulations. To request a respirator, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cal/OSHA Regulation: 8 CCR 1532
Chemical Fume Hoods capture and remove contaminants to prevent overexposure to personnel within the lab. When properly used, a well-designed hood in a ventilated room will protect you (a trained laboratory worker) from most airborne exposures to hazardous laboratory chemicals.
Cal/OSHA Regulation 8 CCR 5154.1
Indoor Air Quality
The quality of indoor air inside offices, schools, and other workplaces is important not only for workers' comfort but also for their health. Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) has been tied to symptoms like headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and lungs. The General Duty Clause of the OSH Act (the law that created OSHA) requires employers to provide workers with a safe workplace that does not have any known hazards that cause or are likely to cause death or serious injury.
Mold is fungi that is found everywhere – both indoors and outdoors all year round. The terms fungi and mold are often used interchangeably, but mold is actually a type of fungi. Concern about indoor exposure to mold has increased along with public awareness that exposure to mold can cause a variety of adverse health effects. There are many thousands of species of mold and most if not all of the mold found indoors comes from outdoor sources. It seems likely to grow and become a problem only when there is water damage, high humidity, or dampness.
EH&S evaluates workplaces for possible airborne hazards and recommends ways to reduce these hazards when found. When appropriate, EH&S will fit campus workers with respirators and provide annual training on their proper use. EH&S evaluates a person's ability to safely wear a respirator prior to a respirator being issued. For more information visit the Respiratory Protection Page.
Do not buy, borrow or wear a respirator without contacting EH&S first!
- Wild Fire Smoke Protection
Workplace Exposure Assessments
The Workplace Exposure Assessment Program is established at UCR in order to evaluate potential personal exposures to hazardous substances. The program consists of a variety of activities implemented to evaluate a person’s exposure including observation of job routine, evaluation of work place control measures and environmental sampling. Several types of sampling are performed by Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) depending on the nature of the chemical hazard, the frequency of chemical use and the way the chemical is handled.
Chemical exposure monitoring is often initiated by EH&S and can also be provided upon request. Some of the typical chemicals, which are monitored at UCR, include:
Lead particulate (Lead Based Paint)
Hazardous laboratory chemicals
Solvent based materials and cleaning products
Chemical carcinogens or extremely toxic substances
Cal/OSHA Regulation 8 CCR 5204