Campus Health & Safety

All students, staff, faculty and guests are entitled to an academic experience free from hazards. However, where hazards exist, attention must be paid in recognizing as well as reporting them. In order to raise the safety awareness level among the campus community, the Office of Risk Management/Environmental Health and Occupational Safety (RM/EHOS) has developed the following key points:

  • Become familiar with campus emergency procedures and evacuation instructions posted in each classroom and laboratory. 
  • Report any hazards to your instructor or RM/EHOS at (310) 243-3012 or (310) 243-2895.
  • During emergencies, listen to the directions provided by your instructor, floor warden and/or police officer.
  • Immediately report any injuries, however minor, to your instructor or to the University Police department at (310) 243-3639 or extension 3639 from a campus telephone.
  • If work in your class involves contact with hazardous materials, be sure to receive training on the nature of the material you will be working with, including proper handling methods and the use of personal protective equipment.

These guidelines also apply for academic activities that take place outside of the classroom. Be sure to attend class briefings concerning hazards in field trip settings prior to participation in off-site activities.

Laboratory Work RULES

  • Only students authorized by the department and who are adequately trained may use laboratory facilities, materials and equipment.
  • Students must never work in laboratories alone.  There must be a person within calling distance to assist in the event of an accident.
  • Experiments or projects involving toxic agents must be performed within a fume hood or within areas provided with adequate ventilation.
  • Eating, drinking, smoking and mouth pipetting is prohibited in all laboratories.
  • All persons working with or around hazardous materials must wear appropriate personal protective equipment commensurate with the hazard presented.  At a minimum, this will include appropriate safety eyewear, closed shoes, and long pants or lab coat.
  • Lab work may not be performed without prior authorization from the instructor.
  • The laboratory must be left in a clean and orderly condition.  Dirty apparatus and glassware must be cleaned and stored in appropriate locations.  Chemicals and other hazardous materials not for immediate use must not be accumulated in the laboratory.  These items must be returned to department stockroom for proper storage.
  • Students are not permitted to work in the laboratory outside of regularly scheduled hours without express permission of the instructor.  Non-supervised access to laboratories for special projects is allowed under certain circumstances.  Such access must be pre-arranged with the instructor.
  • A project to be left operating unattended must meet the following criteria:
    • Projects to be left unattended must first be discussed with the project advisor.  Reasonable care must be exercised to prevent the development of hazardous situations in case of unexpected occurrences such as electrical power interruption or equipment failure.
    • All running water connections must be secured.
    • Apparatus must be tagged indicating its contents, the name and home number of both the student and the project advisor, and the dates of start-up and shut-down.
    • All services left on (gas, water, electricity) must have a tag on the valve or switch reading "DO NOT TURN OFF".
  • Minors are not allowed in laboratories unless they are enrolled in or affiliated with an authorized academic program.
  • All experiments and projects must utilize equipment provided by CSUDH.  Use of non-university equipment is prohibited.

Shop and Studio Work rules

  • Only students who are enrolled in relevant courses and who have passed the safety test may use the hazardous machines in shops.
  • Students who are enrolled in courses taught in a studio may use that studio at times when classes are not in session. Access to studios is covered by the Studio Access Policy. In these cases, students working in studios during off hours must use the buddy system.
  • Students operating stationary or portable machines or tools must dress appropriately for each task.
  • Students operating stationary or portable machines or tools may only do so with the direct supervision of instructional support technician or instructor.
  • The shop must be left in a clean and orderly condition.  Tools and equipment must be cleaned and stored in appropriate locations.
  • Doors and windows must be closed and locked when the shop is unattended.
  • Visitors are not permitted in shops or studios.
  • All projects must utilize equipment and material provided by CSUDH.  In cases where the University cannot provide suitable equipment for students to complete their projects, a documented equipment review must occur to ensure:
    • The University can accommodate the equipment;
    • The equipment has all necessary and functioning safety devices; and
    • The student can demonstrate skill in operating the equipment.