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, 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 MSDSs, chemical hazards and container labeling
  • Proper housekeeping
  • Chemical spill reporting procedures

Safety Videos

A list of workplace safety videos that are available for borrowing can be obtained by contacting EH&S. Videos are available on a wide range of topics, including hazard communication, chemical safety, and various physical hazards. You can read descriptions of the videos and order them on-line via the EH&S web site at http://ehs.berkeley.edu by clicking on "Videos" under the "Publications" heading. Videos should be used to supplement, not replace, face-to-face safety instruction, so that trainees have an opportunity to ask questions of a knowledgeable instructor.