Culture of Safety


  • Work with your supervisor to maintain a safe work environment
  • Notify your supervisor whenever you have questions, concerns, or any discomfort related to your work environment
  • Use safe work practices
  • Take all required safety and ergonomics training
  • Immediately report a work-related injury
  • Create and maintain safe work environments for employees
  • Ensure employees complete required training modules relevant to their jobs
  • Implement recommended equipment and workstation adjustments as soon as possible to reduce injury risks
  • Create a department budget that includes employee work stations from the approved equipment list of the Ergonomics Department
  • Develop a department ergonomic plan that outlines authority for employee work environment changes and equipment purchases
  • Be a role model to motivate employees to work safely
  • Understand who and when to contact others for support
  • Engage managers in review of incidents and assist in formulating corrective actions
  • Regularly meet with managers to review the injury prevention program within the department
  • Lead by example to emphasize the importance of workplace safety
  • Be aware of the division's injury metrics and follow up any corrective actions with directors
  • Lead by example and ensure that safety is a priority


Unit-Based Safety Recommendations


Department Safety Champions (DSC) are appointed by the departments to facilitate the flow of safety information and programs from the Safety Office.  DSC serve everyone in the department regardless of tasks performed.  Every department at UCSF Health should have at least one DSC.  Large departments and those with multiple locations may need to have more to be effective.  

Support a culture of safety witin UCSF Health.  Volunteer to be a safety champion for your unit.  As one, you will be trained to immediately address and correctminor safety issues, present safety messages to other staff during huddles and staff meetings, promote safety initiatives and disseminate safety materials to other employees in the department, take responsibility for identifying safety issues and reporting them through appropriate channels.

Contact the Safety Office ([email protected]) for assistance in designating a DSC.


Safety huddles help to create a culture of safety and provide an avenue for front-line staff to voice safety concerns and hazards.  It is important to include workplace harms and environmental hazards as part of the safety huddle.  Safety huddles can also be an excellent opportunity to highight important safety procedures, reporting, or action plans for risk reductio​n

Safety huddle activities may include:

- Reviewing contents of Rainbow Chart
- Reviewing sharps handling and full bin procedures
- Reviewing emergency procedures or fire drill expectations
- Reviewing incident reporting expectations (timely reporting)
- Reviewing pocedures for red tag, MCSS ticket, and IR for equipment failures
- Asking staff to focus on one hazard for the day (eg., slip/fall risks, malfunctioning doors/equipment, etc.)


A key component of a department's safety program is a unit-based Safety Commitee.  This is a problem-solving work group dedicated to address hazards and reduce risks of workplace-harm events.  Unit managers and/or supervisors must participate in these committees.





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