Update on New Workplace Safety Policy and Training Requirement

May 3, 2019

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety


Dear Campus Community,

On April 30, the learning management system for all University of California campuses went offline. Thank you to the hundreds of employees who sought to take the Workplace Safety Program training course on its first day and were not able to do so. For more details about the new campus policy and training requirement, please see the original message below.

The UC Learning Center is currently back online, and the course is available for all employees. We were informed that it will again be off-line from 2-5am on Sunday, May 5.

ACTION: All employees must complete the EHS 502 Workplace Safety Program training through the UC Learning Center portal.

Safety in the workplace is important for all UC Berkeley employees–including faculty, staff and paid students/trainees of all appointment types. That is why I am pleased to announce a new campuswide Workplace Safety Policy and Program to help reduce illness and injury.

Central to the Program is a brief online training course. This one-time mandatory training for all campus employees provides valuable information on responsibilities, work-related injuries and illnesses, analyzing hazards and applying controls, what to do in a campus emergency, and resources available to you. The course meets State regulatory requirements and should take about 20 minutes to complete.

This new Workplace Safety Program eliminates the campus requirement for departmental injury and illness prevention programs (IIPP). In some cases, specialized department, building, and lab-specific safety procedures will continue to be used to supplement the campuswide content. Please contact your Department Safety Coordinator or visit ehs.berkeley.edu for more information.

ACTION: All employees must complete the EHS 502 Workplace Safety Program training through the UC Learning C enter portal. Supervisors will be supported with guidance on how to track their team’s compliance with this training requirement. If you need assistance with the training, please contact ehstrain@berkeley.edu.

We are all responsible for safety. Thank you in advance for taking the training to learn about our campus safety programs, and for helping us to reduce campus injury and illness.

Best Regards,

Patrick Goff, Executive Director
Office of Environment, Health and Safety


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