Emergency Notification and Incident Reporting

USC is dedicated to the protection of its employees from on-the-job injuries and illnesses. When injuries, illnesses, or incidents occur, we are prepared to immediately respond to the needs of the injured or ill.


Emergency Notification

  1. Notify the Department of Public Safety (DPS) @ 213.740.4321 or 323.442.1000. For a non-emergency, dial (213) 740-6000.
  2. State the nature of the emergency (e.g., injury, hazardous materials or biohazards spill, fire) and provide details.
    • Location of injury/incident
    • Name(s) of injured and name(s) of witness(es)
    • Contact information (your name and call-back number)
    • Injury/incident summary
  3. Notify EH&S immediately at (323) 442-2200 or injuryprevention@usc.edu to report the injury/incident.
  4. Notify the supervisor.

Incident Reporting

Cal-OSHA regulations require that employers must immediately report any work-related death or serious injury or illness. Immediate means as soon as practically possible but not longer than 8 hours after the employer knows or with diligent inquiry would have known of the death or serious injury or illness. EH&S personnel will make notifications to the Cal-OSHA District office as required.

Cal-OSHA defines a “serious injury or illness” {T8 CCR 330(h)} if the employee:

  • Requires hospitalization for a period in excess of 24 hours for other than medical observation; or
  • Suffers a loss of any member of the body; or
  • Suffers any serious degree of permanent disfigurement.

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