Skip to content
IEOR - Designing a More Efficient World

IEOR Injury and Illness Prevention Program

Effective Date:  05/01/2018

Department Head: Ken Goldberg, Professor and Department Chair

Department Safety Coordinator:  Keith McAleer, (510)-642-6222

Computer Workstation Evaluator: Keith McAleer, (510)-642-6222

Safety Related Items:

  • 1166 Etcheverry Hall
  • Location of minutes from Safety Committee Meeting (see Section II)
  • Blank ‘Report of Unsafe Condition’– Pickup and Turn-in locations (see Section III)
  • Location of other safety-related items (see Section IV)
  • Documents related to IIPP – safe, convenient record keeping location (see Section IX)
  • Location of Training Records for IIPP (see Section IX)
  • Rebecca Pauling: Person who assists injured employees with appropriate paperwork (see Section VI)

The Safety Committee meets:  QUARTERLY

DATES:

TIME:

LOCATION: 3110 Etcheverry Hall

The Safety Committee members are:

Chair’s Name: Rebecca Pauling

Section/Sub-unit: Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

Member Name: Keith McAleer

Section/Sub-unit: Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

Member Name: Anayancy Paz

Section/Sub-unit: Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

Buildings occupied by this department:

Building name or address:      ETCHEVERRY HALL

Unit within your department (if applicable):

Building Coordinator and phone number at this location: Dan Essley (510) 332-8734

Alt. Building Coordinator and phone number: Scott G. McCormick (510) 599-4293

I. Introduction and Purpose

It is the policy of the University of California, Berkeley to maintain a safe and healthy work environment for each employee (including student and contract employees), and to comply with all applicable occupational health and safety regulations. This Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) is intended to establish a framework for identifying and correcting workplace hazards within the department while addressing legal requirements for a formal, written IIPP.

II. Responsibilities

Regular, annual workplace safety inspections of all departmental administrative, shop and laboratories must be conducted. By law, the first of these inspections must take place when the department first adopts the IIPP. The inspections should be noted on IIPP Form 3 or other documentation, and the department should maintain copies of this documentation. These regular inspections will be supplemented with additional inspections whenever new substances, processes, procedures, or equipment introduced into the workplace represent a new occupational safety and health hazard or whenever supervisors are made aware of a new or previously unrecognized hazard.

Generally, supervisors are responsible for identification and correction of hazards that their staff and/or students face and should ensure that work areas they exercise control over are inspected at least annually. Supervisors should check for safe work practices with each visit to the workplace and should provide immediate verbal feedback where hazards are observed.

The "Report of Unsafe Condition" Form 1 should be filled out when a referral is made to the Safety Committee as a result of a condition discovered during an inspection for which the responsible supervisor could not determine an immediate remedy. The "Report of Unsafe Condition" form can also be obtained by any employee, filled out and turned in anonymously.

III. Identifying Workplace Hazards

Regular, annual workplace safety inspections of all departmental administrative, shop and laboratories must be conducted. By law, the first of these inspections must take place when the department first adopts the IIPP. The inspections should be noted on IIPP Form 3 or other documentation, and the department should maintain copies of this documentation. These regular inspections will be supplemented with additional inspections whenever new substances, processes, procedures, or equipment introduced into the workplace represent a new occupational safety and health hazard or whenever supervisors are made aware of a new or previously unrecognized hazard.

Generally, supervisors are responsible for identification and correction of hazards that their staff and/or students face and should ensure that work areas they exercise control over are inspected at least annually. Supervisors should check for safe work practices with each visit to the workplace and should provide immediate verbal feedback where hazards are observed.

The "Report of Unsafe Condition" Form 1 should be filled out when a referral is made to the Safety Committee as a result of a condition discovered during an inspection for which the responsible supervisor could not determine an immediate remedy. The "Report of Unsafe Condition" form can also be obtained by any employee, filled out and turned in anonymously.

IV. Communicating Workplace Hazards

Supervisors are responsible for communicating with all workers about safety and health issues in a form readily understandable by all workers. All department personnel are encouraged to communicate safety concerns to their supervisor without fear of reprisal.

The Safety Committee is another resource for communication regarding health and safety issues for department employees. Each employee has a representative on the committee that will inform him or her of hazard corrections and committee activities. Additionally, Safety Committee minutes and other safety-related items are posted or made available at a convenient location. Employees will also be informed about safety matters by e-mail, voice mail, distribution of written memoranda, or by articles in the internal Departmental newsletter (if applicable). Occasionally, the Safety Committee may also sponsor seminars or speakers or coordinate other means to communicate with employees regarding health and safety matters.

Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that employees are supplied access to hazard information pertinent to their work assignments. Information concerning the health and safety hazards of tasks performed by department staff is available from a number of sources. These sources include, but are not limited to, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs, see below), equipment operating manuals, the Department Safety Coordinator, EH&S, campus libraries, container labels and work area postings.

Safety Data Sheets

Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) provide information on the potential hazards of products or chemicals. Hard copies of SDSs for the chemicals used in the department are available to all employees in a convenient location. If an SDS is found to be missing, a new one can be obtained by faxing a written request to the manufacturer. A copy of this request should be kept until the SDS arrives.

SDSs are also available over the Internet from a variety of sources. They can be obtained by accessing the EH&S web page (http://www.ehs.berkeley.edu) and clicking on “SDS.” For further information, contact EH&S for a fact sheet explaining how to use SDSs. Videos and training on how to read and understand the information presented on an SDS are also available from EH&S.

Equipment Operating Manuals

All equipment is to be operated in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, as specified in the equipment’s operating manual. Copies of operating manuals should be kept with each piece of equipment in the department. Persons who are unfamiliar with the operation of a piece of equipment and its potential hazards must at least read the operating manual before using the equipment. Training should also be sought from an experienced operator or supervisor.

V. Correcting Workplace Hazards

Hazards discovered either as a result of a scheduled periodic inspection or during normal operations must be corrected by the supervisor in control of the work area, or by cooperation between the department in control of the work area and the supervisor of the employees working in that area. Supervisors of affected employees are expected to correct unsafe conditions as quickly as possible after discovery of a hazard, based on the severity of the hazard.

Specific procedures that can be used to correct hazards include, but are not limited to, the following:

•     Tagging unsafe equipment “Do Not Use Until Repaired,” and providing a list of alternatives for employees to use until the item is repaired.

•     Stopping unsafe work practices and providing retraining on proper procedures before work resumes.

•     Reinforcing and explaining the need for proper personal protective equipment and ensuring its availability.

•     Barricading areas that have chemical spills or other hazards and reporting the hazardous conditions to a supervisor or Building Coordinator.

Supervisors should use the "Hazard Correction Report" (IIPP Form 4) to document corrective actions, including projected and actual completion dates. If necessary, supervisors can seek assistance in developing appropriate corrective actions by submitting a "Report of Unsafe Condition" to the Safety Committee. If the Safety Committee requires assistance from other campus resources suc

h as EH&S, Facilities Services (FS), or UCPD, these resources should be contacted immediately.

If an imminent hazard exists, work in the area should cease, and the appropriate supervisor must be contacted immediately. If the hazard cannot be immediately corrected without endangering employees or property, all personnel need to be removed from the area except those qualified and necessary to correct the condition. These qualified individuals will be equipped with necessary safeguards before addressing the situation.

VI. Investigating Injuries and Illness

Injury Reporting

Employees who are injured at work must report the injury immediately to their supervisor. Students who are not employees who are injured or involved in an accident should report the incident to their instructor. In either case, if immediate medical treatment beyond first aid is needed, call 911. The injured party will be taken to the appropriate hospital or medical center. If non-emergency medical treatment for work-related injuries or illnesses is needed, call the Tang Center’s Occupational Health Clinic (2-6891) or Urgent Care Clinic (2-3188).

The supervisor of the injured employee must work with a designated department personnel to ensure that the "Employer's Report of Occupational Injury or Illness" and a "Workers' Compensation Claim Form" are completed properly and submitted to the Workers' Compensation Office (Tang Center, Suite 2100).

If the injured employee saw a physician, the supervisor should obtain a medical release form before allowing the employee to return to work. The health care provider may stipulate work tasks that must be avoided or work conditions that must be altered before the employee resumes his or her full duties.

Injury Investigation

The employee’s supervisor or student’s instructor is responsible for performing an investigation to determine and correct the cause(s) of the incident. Specific procedures that can be used to investigate workplace accidents and hazardous substance exposures include:

•   Interviewing injured personnel and witnesses.

•   Examining the injured employee’s workstation for causative factors.

•   Reviewing established procedures to ensure they are adequate and were followed.

•   Reviewing training records of affected employees.

•   Determining all contributing causes to the accident.

•   Taking corrective actions to prevent the accident/exposure from reoccurring.

•   Recording all findings and actions taken.

The supervisor’s findings and corrective actions should be documented and presented to the Safety Committee using the "Occupational Accident, Injury or Illness Investigation Report" (IIPP Form 5). If the supervisor is unable to determine the cause(s) and appropriate corrective actions, other resources should be sought. Available resources include the department’s Safety Committee, EH&S, and other campus safety organizations (see Section X).

The Safety Committee will review each accident or injury report to ensure that the investigation was thorough and that all corrective actions are completed. Investigations and/or corrective actions that are found to be incomplete will be routed back to the supervisor for further follow-up, with specific recommendations noted by the committee. The Department Safety Coordinator will bring corrective actions that are not implemented in a reasonable period of time to the attention of the Department head.

VII. Employee Health and Safety Training

Employee safety training is provided at no cost to the employee and is conducted during the employee’s normal working hours on University time. Safety training may be presented by a knowledgeable supervisor, other department personnel, or by representatives from other relevant campus departments. Regardless of the instructor, all safety training should be documented using the “Safety Training Attendance Record” (IIPP Form 6) or an equivalent record that includes all the information required on IIPP Form 6.

Initial IIPP Training

When the IIPP is first implemented, all department personnel will be trained on the structure of the IIPP (Appendix A), including individual responsibilities under the program, and the availability of the written program. Training will also be provided on how to report unsafe conditions, how to access the Safety Committee, and where to obtain information on workplace safety and health issues.

Personnel hired after the initial training session will be oriented on this material as soon as possible by the Safety Coordinator or appropriate supervisor. These individual training sessions should be documented using IIPP Form 7, “New Employee Safety Training Record,” or the equivalent.

Training on Specific Hazards

Supervisors are required to be trained on the hazards to which the employees under their immediate control may be exposed. This training aids a supervisor in understanding and enforcing proper protective measures.

All supervisors must ensure that the personnel they supervise receive appropriate training on the specific hazards of work they perform, and the proper precautions for protection against those hazards. Training is particularly important for new employees and whenever a new hazard is introduced into the workplace. Such hazards may include new equipment, hazardous materials, or procedures. Health and Safety training is also required when employees are given new job assignments on which they have not previously been trained and whenever a supervisor is made aware of a new or previously unrecognized hazard.

Specific topics which may be appropriate to department personnel include, but are not limited to, the following:

•   Fire prevention techniques and fire extinguisher use.

•   Obtaining emergency medical assistance and first aid.

•   Disaster preparedness and response, including building evacuation procedures.

•   Health and safety for computer users.

•   Back care, body mechanics, and proper lifting techniques.

•   Hazard communication, including training on SDSs, chemical hazards and container labeling.

•   Proper housekeeping.

•   Chemical spill reporting procedures.

Additional Safety Training and Safety Information is available at the UC Learning Center:

https://uc.sumtotal.host/core/dash/home?domain=4

VIII. Ensuring Compliance

All department personnel have the responsibility for complying with safe and healthful work practices, including applicable regulations, campus policy, and departmental safety procedures. Overall performance in maintenance of a safe and healthy work environment should be recognized by the supervisor and noted in performance evaluations. Employees will not be discriminated against for work-related injuries, and injuries will not be included in performance evaluations unless the injuries were a result of an unsafe act on the part of the employee.

Standard progressive disciplinary measures in accordance with the applicable personnel policy or labor contract will result when employees fail to comply with applicable regulations, campus policy, and/or departmental safety procedures. Faculty members will be disciplined for unsafe practices in accordance with the Faculty Code of Conduct. Students not employed by the University will be disciplined for unsafe practices in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. All personnel will be given instruction and an opportunity to correct unsafe behavior. Repeated failure to comply or willful and intentional noncompliance may result in disciplinary measures up to and including termination.

IX. Record Keeping

Documents related to the IIPP are maintained in a safe and convenient location for record keeping. Documents that should be kept on file include:

•   Records of scheduled and periodic workplace inspections, including the persons conducting the inspection, any identified unsafe conditions or work practices, and corrective actions (IIPP Form 3 or equivalent).

•   Employee safety training records, including the names of all attendees and instructors, the training date, and material covered (IIPP Forms 6 and 7 or equivalent).

•   Reports of Unsafe Conditions or Hazards (IIPP Form 1).

•   Safety Committee Meeting Documentation (IIPP Form 2).

•   Hazard Correction Reports (IIPP Form 4).

•   Accident, Injury or Illness Investigation Reports (IIPP Form 5).

X. Campus Safety Resources

A number of University programs and service organizations have been established to address injury and illness prevention and to maintain and promote a safe and healthful work environment for the campus community. A list is provided below; please use the Campus Telephone Directory for up-to-date telephone numbers.

Chancellor’s Office - For information on campus policies.

642-2331

Office of Emergency Preparedness - For information on disaster preparedness.

642-9036

http://public-safety.berkeley.edu/oepweb/

Office of Environment, Health & Safety - For information on various safety topics, including hazard evaluations and employee training.

642-3073

http://www.ehs.berkeley.edu

Office of Risk Management - For safety issues that may generate lawsuits against the University.

642-5141

Office of the Academic Ombudsperson - Assistance for academic appointees in dealing with supervisory issues.

642-4226

Office of the Ombudsperson for Staff - Assistance for staff employees in dealing with supervisory issues.

642-7823

http://stfombuds.berkeley.edu/

Office of Human Resources - For information on personnel policies and labor contracts.

642-9046

http://hrweb.berkeley.edu/hrhome.htm

Physical Plant - Campus Services - For installation and repair of facility safety equipment.

642-1032

Police Department (UCPD) - For information on personal security at the workplace.

642-6760

http://public-safety.berkeley.edu/police

School of Optometry: Vision Care Services - For assistance with safety eyewear.

643-2020

Student Life Advising Services - Assistance for student employees.

642-7224

University Health Services - For assistance on various topics, including psychological counseling, medical evaluations and treatment, ergonomic issues, worksite wellness, and Workers’ Compensation programs.

642-2000

http://www.uhs.berkeley.edu

Appendices

Law requires training on this Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) for all current and new employees, including faculty, staff and student employees.  This training can be provided by allowing each employee to read the IIPP on their own, with the Department Safety Coordinator and EH&S available to answer any questions. Completion of this training must be documented by having each employee sign the training record below.  This record must be maintained, along with the written IIPP in the department for a minimum of one year, and must be made available to Cal/OSHA inspectors.

Scroll To Top