The Mission of UCSF Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) is to ensure a safe and healthy work environment.
It is required for all campus laboratory research personnel, including postdocs and graduate students, to complete all safety training at the time of their initial assignment. Additional training may be required based on job assignment including radiation safety, bloodborne pathogens, etc. For questions, please contact the Environment, Health and Safety Specialist in your department. If you are unsure who that is, consult the list of specialists on the EH&S website or call the Office at 476-1300.
Visit the website of Environment, Health and Safety for further information and details.
Health and safety considerations are also addressed in the contract between PRO/UAW (the Union representing postdoctoral scholars at UC). See Article 7 of the contract for specific language.
The UCSF Office of Research: Environment, Health and Safety has an Ergonomics Program available to all staff, including postdocs. Browse their website to find information about the program, services available, training, preferred products, and much more. There is a special section on laboratory ergonomics including special ergonomic lab equipment (e.g. pipettes) for which your department may be eligible for partial reimbursement.
Special Safety Considerations Related to Pregnancy
Postdocs who are pregnant or thinking about having a baby during their postdoc should consult the following resources for information about working in a lab environment during pregnancy.
- Policy on Reproductive Health and Workers/Trainees in the Research Laboratory Setting
- Science Careers magazine article: "Pregnancy and the Lab"
- Science Careers article: "The Top Five Challenges for Pregnant Scientists."