2020 Lab Safety Awards Winners
The winners of the 2nd Annual Lab Safety Awards were recognized Oct. 12

Grand Prize Winner and $5,000 Prize

Winners in each school/college:
  • Heffern Lab, College of Letters and Sciences
  • Ji Lab, School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Leal Lab, College of Biological Sciences
  • Nolta Lab, School of Medicine
  • Vogel Lab, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
The lab safety awards committee chooses a winner from each school/college, using a combination of safety inspection information and questionnaires sent to safety professionals. The awards are endorsed by the faculty-led Chemical and Lab Safety Committee.

Campus Ready 

What does campus ready mean?
As the campus gradually returns to normal operations, we all need to follow new workplace policies, guidelines, and protocols to minimize the spread of coronavirus.

Departments will prepare worksite specific plans that achieve public health guidelines, including physical distancing, wearing face coverings, frequent surface sanitization, and symptom monitoring.

There is no doubt that our campus work environment and the way we interact in it will be different moving forward. But we will move forward and adapt together.

Visit for more information, training, and resources.

Take the Symptom Survey

Monitor your symptoms and stay home if you are feeling sick. Take the daily symptom survey if you need to access campus facilities.

Wear a Face Covering

Face coverings must be worn at all UC Davis locations. Guidance has been developed for researchers wearing a face-covering in laboratory areas

Complete Return to Campus Training 
Take the required 12-minute Return to Campus e-Learning course for all UC Davis employees, which was due for many on Sept. 25.  

Get your Flu Shot
Find out how to get free flu shots on the Davis campus through Oct. 30.

COVID-19 Cases for Davis Campus

To identify COVID-19 cases, UC Davis is establishing a rapid, comprehensive screening and testing program on campus. During the current pilot phase, COVID-19 testing at the UC Davis campus is only available to select groups. More information on COVID-19 testing data is available on the Campus Ready website.

Employees and students at the UC Davis campus must report their COVID-19 diagnosis, as well as any positive test received by someone with whom they share a residence.

Occupational Health, and the Student Health and Wellness Center are updating data for:
1. Reported Cases
2. Positive Cases
3. Active Cases

View total self-reported COVID-19 cases for the Davis campus on the Safety Services website.

Medical Waste Service 

The Davis campus medical waste service contract is set to expire in November, which will bring changes. The biggest change is that departments can now choose from two different vendors, either Stericycle or Clean Harbors. Also, there will very likely be an increase in overall cost, regardless of which vendor you choose to work with.

The exact pricing from each company is still being negotiated by the Strategic Sourcing group in Supply Chain Management, but the fee structures are expected to be finalized in the coming weeks.

We wanted to make everyone aware of these upcoming changes so you have time to prepare. Please reach out to the Biosafety group ( if you have any questions or concerns on this matter.

Injury Reporting for Lab Personnel

Safety Services and the Student Health Center worked in conjunction with the Chemistry Department to develop and pilot a poster to guide labs in treating and reporting lab injuries.

View and download the poster in various sizes via Box.

Update to Laboratory Safety Manual

An updated version of the campus Laboratory Safety Manual, which contains the Chemical Hygiene Plan, was released on Oct.19.

Download the new version from the Safety Services website.

Avoid Stinky Sinks & Stagnant Water

Many sinks and water fixtures have not been activated in months or been used infrequently, due to reduced operations on the Davis campus.

When reactivated, all water fixtures should be turned on slowly and allowed to run for several minutes - use cold and hot water (if available). When flushing hot water lines, water should be run until the maximum temperature has been reached.

Allowing the water to flush through the plumbing system will not only help prevent odor issues associated with dry plumbing traps, but it will replace any stagnant water in the lines with fresh water that contains the appropriate residual chlorine levels.

Hazardous Waste Pick-Up

While the campus was in suspended operations, EH&S still had access to campus buildings and rooms and continued to provide waste disposal services. Waste containers that could not be located were left in the pick-up queue.

As personnel return to their labs, it will be important to log in to WASTe and review your inventory.

Many tags have reached their accumulation time limit and were automatically moved into “Ready for Pickup”. You should confirm whether or not these containers are still in the lab. Containers should be moved into the lab’s Satellite Accumulation Area where they can be easily located by EH&S. Tags that are no longer in service should be deleted from WASTe.

Labs that want to limit or restrict foot traffic entering their space, must provide a point of contact for their waste pick-ups. Enter this information in the comments section of the waste tag. While EH&S cannot schedule specific appointments for waste pickups, we can call ahead of our arrival to meet the lab’s point of contact.

Waste pickup services will continue as they have in the past, with buildings being serviced on their regular day.

For more information on how to use WASTe, please visit the WASTe information page. If you have any questions about hazardous waste management, please refer to our FAQ page or email

CAL/OSHA Top Violations 2019

Earlier this year, Cal/OSHA recently released the list of the top Occupational Safety and Health (Title 8) Cal/OSHA Violations for 2019. The top ten list hasn't changed much since last year, with the top 5 on the list accounting for over half of the most-cited violations.

Violations related to the Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) consistently place near the top of the list.

Review the Top Ten Violations on the Safety Services website.

Retain Records - It's Important!

In the event of a Cal/OSHA inspection, resulting from a reportable injury, employee complaint, or industry sweep, the Cal/OSHA inspector will typically request up to three years of pertinent documents, including all employee safety training attendance records. Visit the Safety Services website for more details on Records and Retention Periods.

Please contact regarding any questions or concerns about record retention.

Updated Lab Training Resources

Please email with questions.
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