Certify chemical inventory by Jan. 15, Cal/OSHA enforcing repeat violation citations, updated laboratory safety manual and more...
Annual Chemical Inventory Certification
All chemical inventories must be certified annually. The certification period is between January 16, 2021 and January 15, 2022. To check your last inventory certification date, log in to UC Chemicals and follow a few simple steps.
The annual lab safety review conducted by EH&S Lab Safety Professionals covers many of the documentation and training requirements Cal/OSHA may ask for if they visit your lab. Refer to the Laboratory Safety Resources webpage for instructions on how to complete a self-inspection and SafetyNet #143 to find out more about Cal/OSHA inspections.
Always contact EH&S (752-1493) and your Departmental Safety Coordinator (DSC) if Cal/OSHA comes to inspect your lab.
Shortage of Liquid Nitrogen and Medical Oxygen
Northern California is experiencing a decline in the availability of liquid nitrogen and medical oxygen. Medical use of these commodities will be prioritized, and all users are encouraged to conserve liquid nitrogen and medical oxygen during this challenging time.
Safety Services performs unannounced controlled substances (CS) inspections to ensure preparedness for DEA inspections, which can happen at any time.
Unannounced CS inspections are done using the same controlled substances checklist items that the Laboratory Safety Professionals use on their regular (announced) inspections. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
The 2022 UC Field Safety Leadership Retreat will feature timely, challenging workshops with opportunities to discuss scenarios, practice skills, and plan for your specific field projects and settings.
February 25-27, 2022 at UCLA Lake Arrowhead Lodge.
Space is limited. Applications will be accepted through December 17, 2021.
Attendees are expected to participate fully, contribute during small group activities, and report back lessons learned to their own groups/departments. It’s a unique setting to learn and collaborate with leaders from a variety of field disciplines from across the University of California.
Intended Audience: Principal Investigators, field course instructors, field station managers, program directors, safety professionals, and others that lead or direct research or teaching at outdoor, remote sites.
Topics: Safe learning environments, planning and logistics, risk assessment and decision-making, outdoor skills, personal safety, crisis management and more.
Cost: $338 for UC participants. Includes 2 nights lodging and meals on-site. Does not include transportation to UCLA’s Lake Arrowhead Lodge, located 90 miles east of Los Angeles.
In September, Krisztina Forward (left) and Maura Ferrero (second from right), Safety Officers for the School of Veterinary Medicine, coordinated a building evacuation fire drill over five days, for seven buildings that house laboratories, lecture halls, clinical facilities, and administrative offices.
Along with a comprehensive communications effort to keep building occupants informed, Forward and Ferrero enlisted the support of campus partners such as the UC Davis Fire Department, Facilities Management’s Lock Shop and Alarms Team, and Environmental Health and Safety.
Case Study on Lab Safety Review Program's Pandemic Pivot
When the COVID pandemic hit, the UC Davis Lab Safety Review program was faced with a critical decision as to whether inspections could continue without compromising the health and safety of the lab safety professionals and the researchers. The Lab Safety Review (LSR) team began to reimagine how to continue the work that, until then, had been entirely in-person.
Learn more about how the LSR team used the RSS pre-inspection report to overcome the work continuity challenges faced by many lab safety professionals during the pandemic.
Safety Services Staffing Changes
Stacey Gustafson has assumed the role of Interim Emergency Manager, following Clement Stokes' promotion to Associate Vice Chancellor for Risk and Safety Services at UC Santa Cruz. >> Read more
Jessica Walton is the new Deputy Fire Marshal with Fire Prevention Services. >> Read more
Lisa Dalbeck recently joined Environmental Health and Safety as a Chem/Bio Safety Specialist working across the Chemical Hygiene, Biosafety, and Controlled Substance Programs. >> Read more
Jessica Stoffel is Occupational Health's Department of Transportation Coordinator and Respiratory Fit Specialist. Jessica joined Occupational Health five years ago as a medical administrative assistant and cross-trained in the programs she's now managing. >> Read more
Preparing for Your Laboratory Safety Review
For lab managers, safety delegates, grad students and PIs. This training will help you strengthen your lab safety culture and prepare for your annual lab review. Taught by the Lab Safety Professional Team.