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Properly designing and/or adjusting work environments is a critical step in helping prevent Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTD's) or Repetitive Motion Injuries (RMI's). Examples of CTD's and RMI's include Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Tendonitis, as well as back and neck injury. These and other types of injuries can result from forceful or sustained exertions, awkward postures, tasks done with the excessive repetitions or duration, exposures to vibrations, temperature extremes, poor lighting or other adverse conditions. Symptoms that may indicate developing CTD's or RMI's include numbness, tingling, swelling or tenderness, in hands, fingers, or arms; headaches and ongoing muscle aches or "sprains." Should symptoms persist, it is advised that you consult your physician.

Computer Workstation Evaluation

Specifications/Standards - Ergonomic Chairs

We recommend the following for work task chairs that are reasonably priced, adjustable, durable, and comfortable. These chairs meet CSU CSP Bulletin 98-03 Specifications/Standards for Ergonomic Chairs.


Procedures for Reporting an Employee Injury or Illness

  • Assess Injury/ illness and Secure Proper Medical Attention Immediately.
    • Does the injury/ illness necessitate Emergency medical treatment?
      • Notify University Police (UPD, Extension 911 from any campus or cell phone) and Environmental Health and Safety  (EHS, extension 75179), and provide the following Information:
        • Reporting Party’s Name;
        • Reporting party’s Department, location and extension;
        • Name of injured  / ill employee;
        • Description of how and why injury occurred;
        • Relationship to injured employee (supervisor, witness, co-worker etc.);
        • Employee’s department, location and extension;
        • Date / time/ location where injury / illness took place.
      • Ambulance / paramedics will transport employee to St. Bernardine’s Emergency room OR to the employee’s Pre-designated physicians/ hospital.
      • Fax completed and signed SIIR to the Environmental Health and Safety Department (x77049) and Human Resources (x77019) within 8 hours of the incident.
    • Does the employee injury/ illness necessitate First Aid treatment only?
      • Call the student Health Center (x75241) and advise them of your arrival time;
      • Escort the injured employee to the Student Health Center.
      • Complete the Supervisor Injury investigation Report;
      • Fax completed and signed SIIR to the Environmental Health and Safety Department (x77049) and Human Resources (x77019) within 24 hours of the incident.
  • Supervisor’s Injury/Illness Investigation Report (SIIR) Overview of Procedure
    • The supervisor must complete the SIIR, not the injured employee.
    • Complete the SIIR in its entirety; do not leave blanks (use N/A).
    • Sign and date the SIIR
    • Keep a copy of the SIIR for your department records.
    • Fax the SIIR to Environmental Health and Safety (x77049), and Human Resources (x77019).
    • Mail the original SIIR to Human Resources (SH-110).
    • Upon Receipt, EHS will:
      • Review the SIIR;
      • Contact the Supervisor for further information or clarification
      • Further investigate, as needed, circumstances surrounding injury/ illness  cause;
  • Follow-up with supervisor on mitigation actions to prevent future injury/ illness.

Laboratory Safety Program

 CSUSB EHS believes that faculty, students, and instructional support personnel can perform at their best when a safe laboratory and stockroom environment is maintained. To that extent, EHS oversees and promotes the university’s laboratory safety program, which includes the following elements:

  • Providing OSHA-mandated and informative training sessions for personnel in the sciences and others who handle chemicals as part of their job duties
  • Inspecting academic and research laboratories for adherence to Cal/OSHA health and safety protocols as well as industry best practices
  • Providing guidance on the proper selection and use of Personal Protective Equipment, including goggles/safety glasses, gloves, and lab coats
  • Surveying fume hoods to ensure proper operation per Cal/OSHA standards
  • Investigating accidents which occur in the laboratory as well as safety concerns raised by lab personnel

You can take a proactive role in your laboratory or stockroom by doing the following:

  • Ensuring all of your personnel have taken Globally Harmonized System (GHS) and Fundamentals of Laboratory System training. To find and register for the next session offerings, please go to the Employee Training Center for sessions.
  • Using the Laboratory Self-Inspection Form to identify potential safety hazards in your teaching or research lab. You can find the form in the “Forms” section or on the Forms Page.
  • Ensuring your entire fume hoods have been certified within the previous 12 months. Fume hoods which have been certified in 2016 will have a bright green sticker with the word “PASS.” If your fume hood does not have a current certification, please contact EHS.

Contacting EHS if you find any health or safety hazards which require further attention. You can remain anonymous!