Berkeley Lab

Safety Resources


Specific information about chemicals can be found in the Safety Data Sheets (SDS). Several links to SDS databases and other chemical information resources can be found in Berkeley Lab’s ES&H Manual here. Also check out transportation and shipping of chemicals here.

Environment/Health/Safety Division

The Environment/Health/Safety (EHS) Division helps Berkeley Lab staff perform their work safely and in an environmentally sound manner. The division also provides staff with access to essential services in a variety of areas, incl. environmental services, waste management, and health services. The EHS website offers important information, including a helpful EHS A-Z index.

Electrical Safety

All employees of Berkeley Lab, participating guests, students, and all subcontractors working at the Lab must comply with the requirements in the ES&H Manual – Electrical Safety. The Lab’s Electrical Safety Group’s homepage is a one-stop shop for your Electrical Safety needs.


The Environment/Health/Safety (EHS) division offers an Ergonomics Program with ergonomic training, assessments, and many resources. Among many areas, it addresses ergonomics risks in the laboratories.

Evacuation Plan

Emergency Evacuation Plan, B977

Emergency Assembly Area, B977

Work Planning & Control

Work Planning and Control (WPC) is a program to implement integrated safety management (ISM) at Berkeley Lab, a new system for planning and executing work safely. The Lab has recently transitioned to this new process, replacing the Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) process and several other formal authorizations e.g. AHD, BUA etc.. Please visit the WPC Program website to find quick how-to videos, tips, FAQs, and contact information.

An overview of work activities that require formal authorization or permits beyond the WPC can be found in the Berkeley Lab safety publication (ES&H Manual) here.

Manual Berkeley Lab Safety

The ES&H Manual (formally PUB-3000) is Berkeley Lab’s safety publication.

Radiation Protection

The Lab’s Radiation Protection Group (RPG) provides radiation safety-related technical assistance to the Lab community to ensure that all work is performed safely, efficiently and in compliance with applicable regulations and guidelines. Visit their website here.


Most Environment/Health/Safety (EHS) training courses are available online and accessible via the general Berkeley Lab Training website. Access your “LBNL Training Profile” using your Berkeley Lab ID (LDAP); it also provides quick access to courses.

Transportation and Shipping

Transporting and shipping hazardous materials can be dangerous, but both activities can be done safely. Go to the EHS website here for items subject to some transportation or shipping restrictions, how you can safely (and legally) transport them, and resources available to you.

Work Authorizations and Permits

All work at Berkeley Lab (LBNL) must be authorized or permitted. The most basic authorization that is required for all employees, affiliates and students is  Work Planning and Control (WPC). There are other authorizations required in addition to the WPC depending on the work you do, and there are a handful of activities that require a permit.

IMPORTANT: talk to your supervisor or work lead and ask if you are authorized to work using the process called Work Planning and Control (WPC).

Work Permits

Electrical Work Permit
In very few cases, we may need an energized electrical work permit. Contact your safety coordinator for guidance. 

Hot Work Permit
Hot work permits are required (ES&H Manual) for hot work like welding (not for hand held soldering or Bunsen burner use). 

Lockout Tagout Permit (LOTO)
In very few cases, we may need a LOTO permit. This is only required when a person is servicing a piece of equipment where the inadvertent start up of the equipment may cause injury to persons working on the equipment.  Contact your safety coordinator for guidance.

Work by Outside Service Vendors (SJHA)

On-site set-up, maintenance or repair work on equipment by outside service techs requires the preparation of a special Job Hazard Analysis prior to the start of the work. The Subcontractor Job Hazard Analysis (SJHA) form must be sent to the contractor by the requestor, to be filled out and returned prior to their scheduled visit.  Please contact Facilities Manager for guidance.

Staff should contact the facilities manager as soon as a service call is needed to insure that this process is promptly and correctly carried out. This is required for all work by outside vendors that come onsite to perform any kind of work. Work that exposes the repair worker to energized circuits, radiation, or lasers may also require additional training and documentation.

The SJHA database is available here.