II. Responsibilities

Chair, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences, Jan Rabaey

Jan Rabaey has primary authority and responsibility to ensure departmental implementation of the IIPP and to ensure the health and safety of the department's faculty, staff and students. This is accomplished by communicating the Berkeley campus's emphasis on health and safety, analyzing work procedures for hazard identification and correction, ensuring regular workplace inspections, providing health and safety training, and encouraging prompt employee reporting of health and safety concerns without fear of reprisal.

EECS--Electrical Engineering Safety Committee

The Electrical Engineering Safety Committee has the ongoing responsibility to maintain and update this IIPP, to assess departmental compliance with applicable regulations and campus policies, to evaluate reports of unsafe conditions, and to coordinate any necessary corrective actions. The Safety Committee meets at least quarterly and includes representatives from the Electrical Engineering division and the Engineering Research Support Organization (ERSO). Each employee has a designated representative on the committee.

The Safety Committee membership rotates periodically.

Unsafe conditions that cannot be immediately corrected by an employee or his/her supervisor should be reported to the Department Safety Coordinator or any Safety Committee member by filling out a "Report of Unsafe Condition or Hazard" form (IIPP Form 1).

Timely correction of workplace hazards will be tracked by the Safety Committee which will receive and review reports of unsafe conditions, workplace inspection reports, and injury reports. Specifically, the Safety Committee will:

  • Review the results of periodic, scheduled workplace inspections to identify any needed safety procedures or programs and to track specific corrective actions
  • Review supervisors' investigations of accidents and injuries to ensure that all causes have been identified and corrected
  • Where appropriate, submit suggestions to department management for the prevention of future incidents
  • Review alleged hazardous conditions brought to the attention of any committee member, determine necessary corrective actions, and assign responsible parties and correction deadlines
  • When determined necessary by the Committee, the Committee may conduct its own investigation of accidents and/or alleged hazards to assist in establishing corrective actions
  • Submit recommendations to assist department management in the evaluation of employee safety suggestions

The Safety Committee must prepare and make available to all department personnel written minutes of issues discussed at the meetings. The Committee meeting minutes must be documented on IIPP Form 2, Safety Committee Meeting Documentation, or a similar form. These minutes are distributed online to all Cory Hall residents and are maintained on file in 253 Cory Hall for at least one year.

The Safety Committee can seek assistance in the remediation of a hazard from other departments, including the Office of Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) for campus health and safety issues, University Health Services (UHS) for ergonomic and workers compensation issues, the University of California Police Department (UCPD) for personal security concerns, or the Office of Radiation Safety (ORS) for radiation and laser beam issues (see Section X).

The Department Safety Coordinator for Cory Hall is Logan Baldini (510-642-1468).

The Department Safety Coordinator for Soda Hall is Chris DelliGatti (510-643-6619).

The Safety Coordinator is responsible for:

  • Ensuring that the Safety Committee is aware of all accidents which have occurred, and all hazards which have been observed since the last meeting
  • Working with the Building Coordinator to address facility-related safety concerns
  • Assisting in the coordination of required health and safety training
  • Serving as liaison with EH&S and other campus safety resources on issues the department cannot resolve
  • Maintaining copies of Safety Committee minutes and other safety-related records

The Safety Coordinator may seek assistance from other members of the department as necessary to meet these responsibilities.


Supervisors play a key role in the implementation of the department's IIPP. (For the purpose of this template, the term supervisor includes any employee who oversees the work of others.) Supervisors may be Management Services Officers, Senior Research Associates, Department Chairs, Principal Investigators, or others. They are responsible for:

  • Communicating to their staff and students the Berkeley campus's emphasis on health and safety
  • Ensuring periodic, documented inspection of workspaces under their authority
  • Promptly correcting identified hazards
  • Modeling and enforcing safe and healthful work practices
  • Providing appropriate safety training and personal protective equipment
  • Implementing measures to eliminate or control workplace hazards
  • Stopping any employee's work that poses an imminent hazard to either the employee or any other individual
  • Encouraging employees to report health and safety issues to the Safety Committee without fear of reprisal

All Employees

It is the responsibility of all faculty and staff to comply with all applicable health and safety regulations, UC policies, and established work practices. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Observing health and safety-related signs, posters, warning signals and directions
  • Reviewing the building emergency plan and assembly area
  • Learning about the potential hazards of assigned tasks and work areas
  • Taking part in appropriate health and safety training
  • Following all safe operating procedures and precautions
  • Using proper personal protective equipment
  • Warning coworkers about defective equipment and other hazards
  • Reporting unsafe conditions immediately to a supervisor, and stopping work if an imminent hazard is presented
  • Participating in workplace safety inspections