Facilities Development & Operations

Environmental Health & Safety

Laboratory Safety
Laboratory Safety

EH&S has implemented an internal auditing process for the proper storage, labeling and handling of materials and wastes within the Colleges of Science, Engineering, Applied Sciences, and the Humanities and Arts. College deans, associate deans and their staff use an audit checklist to verify that laboratories, studios, shops and service centers are using best laboratory safety practices. The audits are conducted each semester and the college takes action to correct deficiencies.

The audits have identified a need for each college to better control the inventory of materials kept on hand. EH&S collaborates with the colleges to implement an inventory control system that will enable them to identify, track and reduce the inventory of outdated, unwanted, recyclable or surplus materials. The software system is expected to be available to the campus community by the end of the Fall 2013 semester.

The IIPP - Injury and Illness Prevention Program

An effective Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) assists management to determine what hazards exist in the workplace, how to correct hazards that occur, and how to prevent them from recurring.

At SJSU, Environmental Health & Safety is responsible for the Injury and Illness Prevention Program (PDF).

There are 8 key elements in the program:

  • Identify the person or persons with authority and responsibility for implementing the program
  • Ensure that employees comply with safe and healthy work practices
  • Communicate with employees on matters relating to occupational safety and health
  • Identify and evaluate workplace hazards and schedule periodic inspections to identify unsafe conditions and work practices
  • Maintain procedures to investigate occupational injury or occupational illness
  • Maintain procedures to correct unsafe or unhealthy conditions, work practices and work procedures in a timely manner based on the severity of the hazard
  • Provide training and instruction
  • Keep records of steps taken to implement and maintain the program

The IIPP applies to all San Jose State faculty, staff, students and visitors. The immediate responsibility for workplace health and safety belongs to each campus employee who performs a supervisory role. Accordingly, all faculty and staff are to ensure that safe and healthful conditions and work practices are provided and followed within the areas under their control. Members of the campus community are to cooperate fully with all aspects of the campus health and safety program.