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Occupational Safety and Health

​Description

Occupational Safety and Health is a multi-disciplinary area concerned with protecting the safety, health and welfare of people engaged in work or employment. The goals of occupational safety and health programs are to foster a safe and healthy work environment for faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

 

Programs

Electrical Safety

Improper use of electrical equipment may result in significant property damage or serious injury. Following the program below will reduce the likelihood of injury and property damage. Authority for issuing these guidelines is based on the California Fire Code; California Code of Regulations, Title 8.

Emergency Eyewash and Shower

Emergency eyewash and shower stations are required in all work areas and laboratories where the eyes/body of any employee or student may come into contact with hazardous substances which may cause irritation, corrosion, or toxicity via skin absorption during daily operations and emergencies. These stations are to provide temporary treatment until a health care provider is accessible (for serious case).

Ergonomics

The purpose of the ergonomics program at Coast Community College District is to eliminate ergonomic risks such as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and repetitive motion injuries (RMI). The ergonomics program will also identify potential ergonomic issues and provide corrective suggestions to improve safety and efficiency of all Coast Community College District employees.

Fall Protection 

The fall protection program identifies potential fall hazards and establishes effective fall prevention measures. The program applies to employees that are exposed to unprotected sides that indicate a falling hazard greater than or equal to 6 feet from the ground. Fall hazards include any unprotected sides from the edges of roofs, excavations, floor holes, wall openings, and other walking/working surfaces. The appropriate parties cited at the end will be responsible for carrying out the policies of this program.

Fire Safety

The purpose of the fire safety program is to establish procedures for identifying fire hazards, handling flammable/combustible material, and preventing fires. All employees, supervisors, and the EH&S office are expected to follow the procedures outlined in this plan to ensure all Coast Community College District individuals are protected.

Hazard Communication

The Hazard Communication Program has been designed to provide written guidelines for Coast Community College District (hereinafter referred to as CCCD). The program has been developed to comply with Federal and State Hazard Communication Regulations by providing employees the necessary safety information that use, or may have been exposed to, hazardous substances

Hearing/Noise Conservation

The purpose of this program is to protect the hearing of personnel working in areas where noise levels exceed the Cal/OSHA action level of 85 decibels A-weighted. The objective of the Coast Community College District is to prevent noise-induced hearing loss resulting from on-site, occupational exposure.

Heat Illness Prevention

The purpose of the heat illness prevention program is to address illnesses and ailments that can occur when staff is exposed to working in hot temperatures. The program outlines responsibilities for the employees and the District, symptoms associated with different types of heat illnesses, and procedures for working in hot temperatures.

Injury and Illness Prevention Plan (IIPP)

The program is designed to ensure a safe and healthy work environment for all members of the District community. All other safety programs are governed by the principles established by this IIPP.
Injury and Illness Prevention Plan.pdf

Laser Safety

The purpose of the Laser Safety program is to provide staff a safe environment for laser use. The program identifies different classes of lasers, the types of potential hazards, and precautions to maintain safety.

Machine Guarding-Shop Safety

The Machine Guarding/Shop Safety program establishes procedures for safe use and care of equipment within the shops (M/O yards and teaching facilities) of the District. The program applies to all areas where welding, metal cleaning, paint spraying, and fabrication equipment are used. The EHS department is responsible for monitoring work areas and assessing the need for local exhausted ventilation systems, fire hazards, and personal protective equipment. Additionally, the EHS department provides training and inspects safety guards to ensure stability and protection.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) program establishes which equipment is necessary for employees to provide a protective barrier against workplace hazards when engineering/administrative control measures are not effectives. The EHS department conducts job hazard analyses and helps develop job-specific PPE Safe Work Practices for affected departments (M/O, art, science laboratories, etc.).

Slip, Trip, and Fall (STF)

The Slip, Trip, and Fall Protection (STF) program serves to assess threats on Coast Community College District's facilities and provides examples of corrective actions to reduce injury. The program requires the EHS department to conduct annual surveys, draft reports, and provide findings for each campus regarding STF related hazards.

Vehicle Safety

The Vehicle Safety program is maintained in conjunction with the Transportation department. The program outlines operations for ensuring safe driving by employees and students for on-campus and off-campus vehicles, training, monitoring/enforcement, and accident reporting procedures.   

​Should you have any questions concerning the District's Environmental Health and Safety programs, please call :

Orange Coast College: - Ext. 25132

Golden West College - Ext. 58100

Coastline College - Ext. 16147

EHS Office - Ext. 84800