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             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.
                                                                                           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 (
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
                                                                                                      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 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, 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
                                                                                   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.
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    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 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 ...     
 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      •     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,
                                                      serious business.                                the floor and fell, spraining her wrist.
or (858) 822-2979 or 534-4785.

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