H&S Section 1: Introduction

The regard for the well being of everyone in the College of Chemistry and the neighboring community demands that careful attention be given to environment, health and safety practices and procedures. The College of Chemistry Health and Safety Manual has been prepared to assist College faculty, staff and students with their efforts in meeting the EH&S obligations associated with their work. Members of the College of Chemistry's Environment Health Safety & Security program have worked diligently to assure the manual's accuracy and completeness at the time of printing. The health and safety field, however, is constantly changing, and new legislation is introduced frequently. For this reason, information will be revised periodically as necessary to ensure that relevant, up to date health and safety information is provided to all College members.

The effectiveness of this manual will only be as good as the level of conscious effort exercised in complying with its provisions. Therefore, it is expected that everyone working in the College will review the pertinent information in the manual and understand how it relates to his/her particular work place.

Using the College of Chemistry Health and Safety Manual

The College of Chemistry is a large research and learning institution comprised of many diverse people with diverse professions. This manual attempts to organize all health and safety information that is applicable to every member of the College. Therefore, depending on the type of work one performs (i.e. teaching, lab research, clerical, technical, shops, etc.) different sections and information will apply to different persons or job functions.

The diagram at the end of this section is meant to guide you to those sections of the manual that are most relevant. The major sections of the manual and their relevance to various units in the College are also presented below.

Additional Information and Resources

Berkeley Office of Environment, Health & Safety: www.ehs.berkeley.edu

The above website is maintained by the Office of Environment, Health and Safety on campus and is dedicated to providing environment, safety and health information to all UC Berkeley personnel.

Maintaining the College of Chemistry Health and Safety Manual

Every research group and administrative unit within the College of Chemistry must maintain at least one copy of this manual. Supervisors and Principal Investigators are responsible for ensuring that their staff and students are aware of the manual's location and have access to its information at all times. Periodically, amendments or updates to the manual will be made by the College of Chemistry EHS&S program. Supervisors and Principal Investigators are responsible for incorporating these amendments into each copy of the manual in their possession. Such changes will be made available electronically. Hard copies will also be available upon request.

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Emergency Guide

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The Annual Security & Fire Safety Report for University of California, Berkeley is offered in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act and contains fire safety, crime statistics, and policies. You may use this document to learn more about the many safety and security services and resources available at UC Berkeley.

CoC Building Emergency Plans

A Building Emergency Plan is considered part of every building's basic health and safety responsibility and contains information for a variety of emergency situations, such as medical emergencies, power outages, hazardous material spills, fires, bomb threats, civil disturbances, and earthquakes. The Building Emergency Plan for each CoC building is provided below.

Building Emergency Plan - Giauque Laboratory
Building Emergency Plan - Gilman Hall
Building Emergency Plan - Hildebrand Hall
Building Emergency Plan - Latimer Hall
Building Emergency Plan - Lewis Hall
Building Emergency Plan - Pimentel Hall
Building Emergency Plan - Tan Hall

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