Risk & Safety Services
Delegation of Authority
Major Responsibilities That Can Be Delegated:
- Establishing and supporting:
- The unit Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) and document compliance with the UC ANR IIPP program
- Programs to educate and train personnel regarding Risk & Safety Services Guidelines, Policies and Procedures, identification and elimination of hazardous conditions, environmental stewardship, record keeping, and ethical responsibility
- Programs to ensure all research is conducted in accordance with Laboratory Safety Guidelines, which includes completion of laboratory safety plans, unit Injury and Illness Prevention plans, Emergency Action plans, and approval for use of radiation and hazardous biological materials
- Documentation of employee safety training (from any source including formal presentations or one-to-one meetings/discussions) and maintaining this documentation in a readily available manner
- Designating a Safety Coordinator to carry out unit health and safety responsibilities
- Developing and maintaining unit emergency action plans that address procedures to be followed by personnel in case of fire, earthquake, major chemical spill, or other emergencies; designating key emergency personnel and assuring emergency action plans are integrated into unit training
- Reporting to Risk & Safety Services, as soon as possible after the occurrence of all accidents or “near misses,” which result in injury and loss or destruction of property; keeping records on employee injuries, incident reports, and grievances involving safety matters and loss or destruction of property; ensuring that employees properly report injuries within twenty-four hours of the injury
- Reporting any fire or fire/life safety hazard to Risk & Safety Services as soon it is safe to do so
- Developing, maintaining, and reviewing Risk & Safety Services programs for unit laboratories, shops, studios, etc., in accordance with UC ANR policy and procedures as well as any applicable regulations
- Following established Risk & Safety Services procedural guidelines to assure that staff are trained in handling hazardous waste and that all hazardous waste is properly prepared for disposal, labeled, and picked up
- Reporting any occurrence of environmental pollution to Risk & Safety Services as soon as possible
Major Responsibilities That Cannot Be Delegated:
- Accountability for leadership by encouraging safety, health, and environmental awareness throughout the organization
- Accountability for complying with UC ANR policies and official directives regarding safety, health, and the environment
- Responsibility for ensuring that academic appointees, staff and visitors are not exposed to recognized and unmitigated hazards
- Oversight of an effective review process to ensure required worker safety training is attended
Selected Requirements, Risks and Mitigation Measures
- The Corporate Criminal Liability Act of 1989 requires an administrative official or manager to notify affected employees and Cal/OSHA in writing within fifteen days after actual knowledge is acquired when a “serious concealed danger” is identified.
- Risk & Safety Services review and approval is required for all remodels and construction plans prior to commencing work.
- Vacated space, including areas from laboratory relocation, must meet Risk & Safety Services clearance requirements prior to entry of construction personnel and/or future occupancy.
- Granting agencies may stipulate specific safety and environmental protection requirements that must be followed.
- Contact Risk & Safety Services when any outside regulatory official calls or requests entry to the workplace for an inspection, collection of information, or review of documentation.
- When personnel leave UC ANR, unwanted hazardous chemicals and waste must be properly disposed of and any useful chemicals must be taken under control of a responsible party.
- Risk & Safety Services is to be consulted in decisions involving potential liability, accidental loss, insurance and indemnification requirements, and related issues. Claims for loss of or damage to property are submitted to Risk & Safety Services as they are incurred.
Resources and Background Information
- Driver and Vehicle Safety
- Emergency Management (and urgent communication guidelines)
- Environmental and Hazardous Materials Programs
- Field Safety
- Heat Illness Prevention
- Laboratory Safety Manual
- Pesticide Safety
- Respiratory Safety
For more information contact the Risk and Safety Services Director.