2024 Asbestos-Containing Materials Building Inventory Memo

USC is committed to maintaining a healthy and safe environment. In compliance with California regulations (Connelly Act), USC Environmental Health & Safety is required to identify areas at USC where asbestos may be present in building materials. The annual inventory was recently updated on April 29, 2024. If there are any questions regarding asbestos-containing materials,…

New Guide Sheet Available: Waste Anesthetic Gas Canisters

Waste Anesthetic Gas (WAG) Canisters are passive gas filters that rely on anesthesia flow and the anesthetized animal’s exhalation volume to push waste anesthetic gases into the charcoal canisters. Download the guide sheet for instructions on use, storage, and disposal of the canisters. The guide sheet is also available at the Fact/Guide Sheets and Health…

New SOP Available: “Safe Autoclave Operation”

An autoclave (or steam sterilizer) uses steam heat under pressure to sterilize/decontaminate medical/lab items contaminated with microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and spores. Autoclaves are mostly used in laboratory settings to sterilize surgical instruments and glassware for example. This SOP offers the end user guidelines on the safe operation of the autoclave….

Attention EHSA Users! Access now requires USC Secure Network (e.g., VPN) connection

In our ongoing efforts to enhance data security and privacy, a secured USC internet connection is now required to access the EHSA application. Secure internet connections at USC: Questions? If you have any questions or encounter difficulties setting up VPN access, contact your local IT team which may be able to assist with your specific…

**Now Available** X-ray Safety Training Online (via TrojanLearn)

USC EH&S is pleased to announce the release of the X-ray Safety Online Training via TrojanLearn. A wide variety of radiation-producing sources are used on campus. This safety course is designed for faculty, staff, students, and volunteers working with X-ray and other radiation-producing devices at USC. The course broadly covers X-ray production and its hazards, USC policies,…

**New** 2024 Shop Compliance and Training Review Memo

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. MEMORANDUM Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2024 To: Shop…

2024 Annual Laboratory Safety Refresher Training Memo

Dear PIs and Permit Holders, It is time to conduct annual safety refresher training for your staff. We encourage you to review these materials with your staff and post hard copies in visible areas of your lab(s) as a reminder of these requirements. MEMORANDUM Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2024 To: Principal Investigators and Permit Holders…

**New Arrival** USC Public Health Web Page

Visit our newly published Public Health web page to keep up to date on the latest health alerts, news, and health and safety guidelines. While browsing, also note our featured resources and links on other important health topics such as food safety and heat illness. Stay tuned for the upcoming USC Public Health Manual which…

Top 10 Cal/OSHA Violations

All workplaces in California must adhere to the workplace safety rules as defined in Cal/OSHA’s Title 8 regulations. Of those, here are the top 10 standards most cited (Source) in the last reporting year, along with information about USC-specific programs: As we look back at the top 10 Cal/OSHA violations from the past year, it’s…