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Dear Shop and Maker Space Managers,

It is time to conduct shop compliance and training review for areas under your authority. We encourage you to review these materials with your staff and post hard copies in visible areas of your shop(s) as a reminder of these requirements.

Date:Tuesday, January 17, 2024
To:Shop and Maker Space Managers
From:Deona Willes, MPH, CLS, Executive Director
USC Office of Environmental Health and Safety
Subject:Shop Compliance and Training Review

The start of a new year is a great time to review the past year’s events, imagine the possibilities that lie ahead, and then set goals to achieve a successful and safe path forward. This is particularly important when it comes to ensuring that the shop or maker space that you manage remains a safe place for all
who enter. Please take this opportunity to strengthen your commitment to safety by completing the Shop Safety Compliance & Training Checklist.

To ensure compliance and satisfy this requirement, please complete the following review no later than March 1, 2024:

  1. Identify all applicable safety topics listed on the Shop Safety Compliance and Training Checklist and check off those safety topics when related actions are completed.
  2. Document any training(s) using the Shop Safety Training Record.
  3. Update the Shop Hazard Assessment Form to accurately reflect your shop’s current activities and make certain that the appropriate controls (Engineering, Administrative, and PPE) are applied.
  4. Upload copies of the completed documents: Shop Safety Compliance and Safety Checklist, Shop Safety Training Record, and Shop Hazard Assessment form http://tiny.cc/usc-shop-compliance.

Here are additional salient points for reflection:

  • Cal/OSHA publishes a list of Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards with the most cited title 8 standards. All workplaces in California must adhere to the workplace safety rules as defined in Cal/OSHA’s Title 8 regulations.
  • Eye Protection is required in most shops. Prescription safety glasses are available to individuals that need corrective lenses. Over 40 styles are ready for ordering from the Roski Eye Institute both on HSC (HC4) and UPC (USC Village).
  • Safety Trainings – Strive to incorporate regularly provided safety trainings into your shop’s operations. Set aside time for at least one safety-related training each month. Just as important, all trainings regardless of type or duration must be documented.

Thank you again for your continuing efforts to protect the health and safety of the campus community.

Questions? Please email EHS@usc.edu or call 323-442-2200.