Department of Industrial Relations, safety and health

California Adopts New Workplace Safety Regulation to Protect Hotel Housekeepers from Injury

California’s Department of Industrial Relations reports that the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB)  adopted the proposed standard on January 18 after six years of staff research and analysis and participation by the public through meetings, hearings and submission of comments. The standard will be added to Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations as section 3345, Hotel Housekeeping Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention.

Continuing Education, Environmental Health, Occupational Health, safety and health

UC Safety Spotlight March edition features “The Buzz on Cannabis: Health and Safety in the Workplace”


The March edition of the Safety Spotlight has been posted. The focus this month is on trending topics. You can access the current newsletter here (as well as older editions): Safety Spotlight

The Poster of the Month features the upcoming “Buzz on Cannabis: Health and Safety in the Workplace” Download and share the poster: march-2018-safety-spotlight-campus-poster


Occupational Health Internship Program


Gain hands-on experience with workplace safety and health issues through this paid summer internship opportunity.

Teams of two students are placed with a union or worker organization to investigate job-related health and safety problems among workers, often employed in an under-served or a high hazard job. Projects are designed to maximize interaction between workers and students. OHIP is an applied research experience, where students learn about the occupational safety and health field from the workers’ perspective. Project work emphasizes worker interview and work site evaluations. At the end of the project, teams provide a “give back” product to the workers and their host union/worker organization, present their project at a national NIOSH video conference, and produce a final report. Commitment is full-time, including possible evenings or weekends.

Internship dates: June 16 – August 15, 2015

Application deadline: Friday, February 20, 2015

Undergraduate students: $4,000 stipend

Graduate students: $5,200 stipend

Check the OHIP website for more information about eligibility, the on-line application and program details.