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This Safety Program Profiling system was designed to assist you in determining the safety programs that are needed in your department. The following guides will affect all departments:

  • Section A.1, Safety at USC
  • Section A.2, Work-Related Injuries and Illness
  • Section A.3, Emergency Action Plan
  • Section A.4, Introduction to OSHA

In many departments, specific activities or operations may indicate the need for additional health and safety programs or trigger regulatory compliance requirements. The following series of questions is designed to provide guidance on the types of programs that might be necessary.

For questions answered "yes", look up the Section that corresponds with that number in the Safety Program Guide, and determine whether or not each specific program might apply. If uncertain, make the decision in consultation with EHS.



Do individuals work at computer workstations 2 hours or more per day? B.1
Is there heavy or repetitive manual handling? B.2
Does your department have jurisdiction over offices or classrooms? B.3
Do individuals work from elevated surfaces (greater than six feet above the surrounding surfaces) or ladders? C.6, C.7, C.16, C.19
Does your facility contain spaces that must be entered by department personnel that are not intended for normal occupancy and that have limited means of entry (e.g. tanks, vessels, pits, etc.)? B.4, B.5, C.3, C.6, C.13
Do individuals work on electrical circuits operating at greater than 50 volts? C.2, B.4
Do individuals preform cutting, welding, brazing, torch soldering, etc? C.8, B.4, B.5
Is your department responsible for the management of construction, renovation or demolition projects? C.3, C.9, C.14,C.15,
C. 16
, C.17, C.18, C.19, C.20
Do individuals in your department engage in construction or renovations? C.3, C.9, C.14,C.15,
C. 16
, C.17, C.18, C.19, C.20
Do individuals work around excessive noise? B.4 , C.4
Do employees in your department conduct maintenance or housekeeping activities in buildings where asbestos containing materials are present? C.14
Do individuals in your department drive fork trucks? C.10
Do individuals in your department conduct servicing and/or maintenance of machines and equipment? B.4, B.5, C.2, C.3, C.5, C.6, C.8, C.18, C.20
Do individuals in your department perform tasks that required the use of personal protective equipment (i.e. gloves, safety glasses, hard hats, etc.)? B.4
Does your department use any machines which have parts, functions or processes which may cause injury? C.2 , C.5
Does your department operate any motor vehicles? C.21
Does your facility operate a stockroom, or is it involved in delivery or loading dock operations? B.2, B.5, C.1, C.20 , D.5
Are there non-laboratory workers in your department that must enter laboratories to do maintenance or cleaning? C.11, B.5
Are chemicals or chemical products used or stored within your department? B.4, B.5, C.20 ,D.1, D.3, D.5
Do personnel have a reasonably anticipated exposures human blood, certain body fluids or other potentially infectious materials. E.3, E.2
Are there research or teaching laboratories in your department? B.4, C.5, D.2, D.3, D.4, D.5, E.1, E.2
Does your department ship any chemicals or biological substances? D.9, E.4
Are radioactive materials and/or electronic products that emit radiation (x-rays, UV rays, lasers) used in your department? F.1


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