Safety Unit

Workplace Safety

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  • Chemical Placard

    Employees who work with chemicals or compounds are entitled to know and understand any associated chemical hazards associated with the materials they are handling in addition to having the equipment and training to adequately protect themselves from exposure. 

  • Car Key

    Driving Safety - Employees are expected to follow the rules, follow defensive driving practices, and avoid situations that can cause distraction leading to an incident, to include the use of cell phones while driving, fatigue, eating, drinking, or impairments such as with alcohol or drugs. Some employers include specialized defensive driving training in their program to provide drivers with the best skills to avoid an incident that results in any kind of a loss: personal liability or property damage.

  • Electrical Safety Cords

    Electrical  Safety - Our lifestyle is dependent on electricity. Without it, many things would not be possible. However, the improper use of electricity can be life-threatening. The human body is a good conductor of electricity, and contact can be a small dose which results in the unpleasant sensation of a mild electric shock, to a large dose which results in electrocution, i.e., death.

  • A Clean Work Area is a Safe Work Area Sign

    Cal-OSHA’s Injury and Illness Prevention Plan (IIPP) requires an employer to provide a safe workplace for its employees. General housekeeping is a broad concept that reflects the IIPP regulation and implies that by keeping a workplace clean and tidy prevents unnecessary exposures to hazards and injury-causing incidents. This does not only involve members of the janitorial team whose job it is to clean surfaces and maintain a facility, but everyone working in an organization must also be conscious of keeping an organized work space. Cal-OSHA also has a sanitation regulation that addresses cleanliness in any workplace.

  • Woman Pushing Hand Truck Loaded With Boxes

    Material Equipment Handling - Almost any kind of task, involves some kind of lifting or moving of items. These can be items that are easily moved by hand, or other items that require specialized machinery to move.

  • Keyboard with a key titled "Safety First"

    Many people think that working in an office is safe. It usually is compared to many other job sites, but there are also hazards present in an office environment. Because it is considered safe, there can often be a feeling of complacency in regards to safety.

  • Worker opening pesticide spray tank while wearing protective equipment

    Pests can be found in many locations where workers are performing tasks. They can infest an existing structure or building, or they can be residents on a construction site. Wildlife in agricultural or forested areas may also pose a hazard to workers in those areas. In populated areas, Pest Control usually involves the use of chemicals to either eradicate an intruder or dissuade an animal from access. Pest Management may include the use of other systems such as traps, but may also involve chemicals.

  • Caution Slippery Surface sign on post

    Falls are one of the most common causes of workplace injuries. Falls can be from a level surface or from a height, or elevated surface. On a level surface, falls are usually the result of a slip or a trip. Falls from a height can be from a ladder, a roof or an aerial lift. Falls on stairways usually result from a slip or a trip, even though it’s not a level surface.

  • Traffic control cones on blue background

    Traffic control can be temporary or permanent. Everyone is familiar with traffic lights, lane markings, stop signs, pedestrian crossings, etc. as standard traffic control devices. These are permanent management and control devices for normal traffic flow. When road work must be performed, or high congestion expected, additional measures are utilized. In these situations, worker safety and protection is critical.

  • Worker feeding branches into wood chipper

    We enjoy our natural surroundings and especially plants and trees; however, there are times when our plants become a hazard and must be trimmed to bring them back into control. Trees can grow and impinge on other structures or systems. One of the most common obstructions is to above-ground electrical wiring. When this is the case, branches must be trimmed and the tree thinned to provide room for the wiring. Inattention can result in damage to the wires and an electrical hazard.

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Safety Unit

Risk Management Division

Human Resources Department

Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
575 Administration Drive
Room 116 B
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.465237, -122.725363

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