Environment, Health & Safet y
SafetyBriefs S A F E T Y N E W S F O R U C S A N D I E G O E M P LOY E E S Spring 2008
NEW from Enrollment Central: Safety Award For Excellence
Become a Department Winner: Ruth Patterson
Ergonomic Evaluator Housing-Dining-Hospitality
Learn how to become a Department Ergonomic Evalua- Ruth Patterson
tor capable of performing computer workstation evaluations. places a winning
Computer Ergonomics: Train the Evaluator, is a new emphasis on main-
course from Enrollment Central intended for supervi- taining a consis-
sors, department safety coordinators, department buy- tently high quality
ers, computer resource specialists, and others who are workplace safety
interested in becoming designated ergonomic evaluators for their work units. program. Ruth has
You’ll learn: been instrumen-
tal in educating
• Ergonomic principles, risk factors, proper body mechanics, and best practices colleagues about emergency procedures
• How to set up a functional computer workstation, maximizing the efficiency of and improving the emergency supply
existing equipment for reduction of cumulative trauma disorders containers in her area of Housing-Dining-
• Stress management tips on and off the job Hospitality. Congratulations, Ruth!
Departments benefit when they have their own in-house Ergonomic Evaluator
Nominate someone! Tell us who’s mak-
familiar with their colleagues’ work environment, equipment, and tasks. Your Depart-
ing UCSD a SAFE place to work. Use the
ment Ergonomic Evaluator will coach your employees on up-to-date ergonomic best
online nomination form on Blink at http://
practices, reduce computer-related injuries, and improve morale.
blink.ucsd.edu/go/safe to nominate an
Bonus: Employees assessed by a Department Ergonomic Evaluator are eligible for outstanding individual or workgroup.
funding assistance from the EH&S Ergonomics Resource Fund (http://blink.ucsd.edu/
go/ergofund) to purchase ergonomically designed products from Marketplace Preview
for their department.
Take 5 Steps to Improve
Workplace Safety and
Register on Enrollment Central at http://enrollmentcentral.ucsd.edu.
Protect the Environment
UCSD’s commitment to provide a healthy
Travel Accident Insurance Falling Weather and safe workplace and protect the en-
New Requirement for UC Travelers Slips and falls are an equal vironment depends on the daily willing-
If you’re planning a trip outside Cali- opportunity hazard during ness of every faculty and staff member,
fornia on UC business, use the UC Busi- rainy or foggy weather. Take student, and visitor to consistently inte-
ness Travel form at http://www.uctrips- these steps to sure-footed grate health, safety, and environmental
insurance.org/ to register for insurance walking in wet weather: considerations into their work.
coverage before you travel. It’s a new • Dress for success! Wear Use the Integrated Safety and Envi-
requirement, and either shoes with slip-resistant soles on damp ronmental Management (ISEM) 5-step
the traveler or travel days. process to incorporate safety and envi-
preparer can fill out the • Don’t be in a hurry. If a slippery or wet ronmental best practices into every work
registration form. A link surface is unavoidable, take slow, short activity at UCSD, starting with the plan-
to the form is also avail- steps with your toes pointed slightly ning stage.
able from the “Going on a outward. Keep your hands out of your Learn more about the ISEM philosophy
Trip” feature in TravelLink pockets, ready to support you if you at http://blink.ucsd.edu/go/ISEM, in-
when preauthorizing travel. begin to fall. cluding how to apply ISEM principles to
Questions? Contact EH&S Risk Manage- continued on back...see Falling Weather your activities.
ment, (858) 534-3820.
University of California, San Diego-Environment, Health & Safety (858) 534-1954 0920 firstname.lastname@example.org http://blink.ucsd.edu/ehs
Safety Training on Enrollment Central
Browse “EH&S—Safety” under Course Topics for
schedules and registration. Learn more about
UCSD safety training resources at http://blink.
Please post or circulate ucsd.edu/go/safetytraining.
Accident Investigation Congratulations! NEW Web-based Training
Training Ergo Chair on Enrollment Central:
Supervisors and Department Safety Winners Maintaining a Healthy Back
Coordinators, be confident of your ability JANUARY
to thoroughly investigate work-related If you lift, carry, or
Elaine Flemming, IR/PS perform other activi-
incidents in your area when you com-
plete the Accident Investigation for FEBRUARY ties that may place de-
Work-related Injuries and Near-Misses Terri Buchanan, Audit & Management mands on your back
course from Enrollment Central. Advisory Services (and isn’t that every-
Complete Web-based ergonomics train- one?), learn how to re-
You’ll learn how to: duce your risk of back
ing and you could win a free Steelcase
• Meet specific goals of an incident chair for your workplace*. injury with the new
investigation Web-based Maintain-
• Complete a basic injury report and How it works: Log in to Enrollment Central ing a Healthy Back course on Enrollment
understand why they are needed at http://enrollmentcentral.ucsd.edu and Central.
• Document the facts surrounding the complete the Evaluating Your Computer
Workstation for Comfort and Productivity You’ll learn:
occurrence of an incident
• Determine direct and indirect causes Web-based training program. A winner will • Risk factors associated with back injuries
of the incident be randomly drawn each month from a list and ways to minimize them
• Assist in recognizing and responding of employees who have successfully com- • The importance of posture
to unsafe practices and conditions in pleted the training during that month. • Best lifting techniques and work habits
your work area * Chairs awarded through this program are the • Lifestyle choices that promote good
• Clarify legal obligations as they relate property of the winner’s UCSD department. back health
to the supervisor Find Maintaining a Healthy Back Web-
Register on Enrollment Central at http:// based training on Enrollment Central at
Falling Weather ... http://enrollmentcentral.ucsd.edu.
Summary of Work-Related • Use substantial door Campus Casualties
Injuries and Illness for 2007 mats in entry ways and Incident Reports
high traffic areas. Contact
OSHA Form 300A: Summary of Work- the Facilities Management • An employee slipped on a mat left in a
Related Injuries and Illness for the year Service Referral Desk, (858) 534-2930, if hallway and fell, injuring her tailbone,
2007 has been distributed to departments your building needs additional mats. arm, knee, hand, shoulder, neck, and
by the UCSD Workers’ Compensation Of- • Select mats that are long enough for lower back.
fice. Form 300A gives injury and illness people walking over them to dry their • An employee slipped on a wet, slick
statistics for campus, SIO, and outlying shoe bottoms. steel plate temporarily covering a side-
support areas (excludes UCSD Hospitals). • Make sure mats lie flat and don’t curl up walk and fell, dislocating her knee.
or rumple, causing a trip hazard. • An employee slipped on a floor wet
The U.S. Department of Labor requires the from rain and fell, injuring his back.
Summary be posted in workplaces through • If flooding from rain is a known or po-
tential problem for your facility, contact • An employee in a research building
the months of February to April. slipped on a floor wet from the emer-
the Facilities Management Service Re-
If you don’t see Form 300A for 2007 posted ferral Desk, (858) 534-2930, to request gency shower/eye wash. She fell, doing
in your workplace, print and post the PDF sand bags for problem areas. unintended splits. Injuries resulted to
file available at http://www-ehs.ucsd.edu/ • Make sure pedestrian lighting is ad- both of her knees, legs, a foot, neck,
riskmgmt/OSHALog.pdf. equate in corridors and over walkways. shoulder, middle torso, and back.
• Read Campus Casualties (at right) to • An employee slipped on a whole ba-
Questions about OSHA Form 300A? Contact
find out why slips, trips, and falls are nana that had been dropped and left on
Workers’ Compensation, email@example.com
serious business. the floor and fell, spraining her wrist.
or (858) 822-2979 or 534-4785.
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