Maintaining a Safe Environment
The CSULB College of Engineering is strongly committed to maintaining a safe learning and work environment. All members of the campus community-including faculty, students, and staff-are required to abide by federal, state, local, and university policies, as well as the College of Engineering Health and Safety Policy below. If you're new to the College of Engineering, please familiarize yourself with the policy and acquaint yourself with all safety regulations.
If you're working in a lab, you must:
- Wear closed-toe shoes
- Wear safety goggles/ear protection
- Keep food and drinks outside
- Put away equipment after experiments
- Place chemicals in separate, labeled containers
- Know how to read a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)
- Pass the Safety Quiz
- Complete the Hazard Communication Program if you work with chemicals
Reporting an Incident
- Immediately report safety or health incidents to College of Engineering Safety Coordinator Michael Hom at (562) 985-4544 or notify the University's Environmental Health and Safety Office at (562) 985-2283.
- For unlawful acts or other types of emergency, call University Police at 911 from any campus phone, or (562) 985-4101 from cell phones.
- Students should report any safety or health incident to their professor or instructor.
CSULB College of Engineering Health and Safety Policy
This policy is intended to: help prevent accidents, illnesses and injuries; increase safety awareness; meet requirements of environmental, occupational health, and safety laws and regulations; reduce liability; and establish safety responsibilities for members of the college community and visitors to college-owned or occupied property. At CSULB College of Engineering, safety is everyone's responsibility. All members of the College community are expected to be thoroughly familiar with their safety responsibilities, strive to follow safety practices at all times, act proactively to prevent accidents and injuries, communicate hazards to supervisors, and be prepared for emergencies that may occur in the workplace. This Health and Safety Policy reaffirms the College's commitment to safety and good environmental stewardship and establishes a uniform system to help individuals, departments, and units meet their health and safety responsibilities. This policy outlines safety responsibilities and training requirements to ensure individual and institutional compliance with relevant environmental health and safety laws, regulations, policies, and guidelines.
The College of Engineering at CSULB strives to maintain a safe learning, and working environment. Faculty, staff, and students must conduct college operations in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local regulations, and university Injury & Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) requirements.
2.1 Entities Affected by the Policy
All individuals and departments.
2.2 Who Should Read This Policy
All members of the college community.
3.1 Responsible Parties
Department Heads in consultation with the Dean and Safety Officer shall:
- Implement the Health and Safety Policy and communicate its requirements to faculty, students, and staff.
- Designate and empower a safety team as necessary to address and coordinate safety efforts.
- Direct individuals, including but not limited to principal investigators, supervisors, regular and temporary employees, visiting professors, and students, to obtain any required safety training before they work with hazardous chemicals, biohazardous agents, radiation, or physical/mechanical hazards in their working or learning environments.
- Report all accidents, job-related illnesses, and work site injuries to the office of Safety and Risk Management.
- Determine whether safety needs for the department are met (e.g., training, personal protective equipment, and corrective measures including non-mandated items identified in safety inspections).
- Incorporate workplace safety requirements and responsibilities into each appropriate job description and ensure that workplace safety expectations are communicated to each student and employee.
- Ensure that periodic safety self-audits of work areas and/or facilities are conducted.
- Ensure that emergency action preparedness plans are communicated to all personnel in order to ensure familiarity and coordination between facility personnel and emergency responders.
Faculty, Principal Investigators, and Supervisors shall:
- Implement the university's Health and Safety Policy and all other university safety programs in work areas under their supervision/control.
- Require all staff members and students under their direction to attend and maintain current required safety training.
- Maintain workplaces and equipment under their control in a safe, well-kept condition. Ensure compliance with the university IIPP and Health and Safety Policy in these workplaces.
- Assure that hazards are proactively identified and corrected by implementing engineering or administrative controls, or by assuring use of necessary personal protective equipment.
- Dispose of waste properly and in accordance with university, state and federal requirements.
- Comply with this policy and all other university health and safety programs.
- Attend required health and safety training.
- Inform a supervisor or instructor of any safety or health hazards in the workplace on college property.
- Know your role in an emergency.
- Comply with CSULB Safety Requirements for Contractors and Subcontractors program.
4. Hazard Communication
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (Title29 CFR 1910.1200) and Title 8 of California Code of Regulations requires all employers to determine the hazards associated with their chemicals and to make this information available to employees who utilize the chemicals. Employees and students who use hazardous chemicals in the course of their work are now covered under this standard. The standard requires that any employee who comes in contact with hazardous chemicals as part of his or her job functions must have Hazard Communication Program training. The department chairs shall be responsible for ensuring that each employee has received the proper training. The training includes, but is not limited to the following:
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS):
- How to read and understand a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)
- Departments are responsible for obtaining an MSDS for each hazardous chemical used.
- Department Chairs are responsible for keeping the MSDS file updated.
- Employees will be trained on how to locate information on an MSDS.
- An MSDS must be readily available for employee's review.
Proper labeling of chemicals:
- Common name and trade name of chemical
- Hazard warnings
- Name and address of manufacturer
- Labels must not be removed or defaced
Safe work practices:
- Personal protective equipment
- Chemical handling
- Chemical incompatibility
- Chemical storage
- Chemical disposal
- Housekeeping procedures
Physical and health hazards of chemicals:
- Routes of exposure
- Corrosive chemicals
- Flammable chemicals
- Reactive chemicals
- Toxic chemicals
- Compressed gases
The goal of the Hazard Communication Program is to keep all employees informed of the hazards associated with the handling and storing chemicals.
Each Department Chair has the following responsibility:
- Ensuring that materials are properly labeled within their work areas.
- Ensuring that MSDS's are obtained with any new materials received.
- Ensuring that each employee is trained on any non-routine chemicals that may be used in their work areas.
- Ensuring that a Hazardous Chemicals Inventory List exists for the hazardous chemicals used in the department.
- Ensuring that a copy of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS's) are available for each chemical listed.
- Ensuring that an adequate supply of hazard warning labels is maintained.
- Ensuring that general hazard communication training is provided to all applicable employees and students.
- Maintaining training records.