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Annual Chemical Inventory Certification

Certify Chemical inventory by Jan. 15
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.
If your inventory has not been certified in the past 12 months, be sure to verify your inventory is up-to-date and then certify its accuracy in UC Chemicals

Questions, comments, and concerns are always welcome at cis@ucdavis.edu.

Cal/OSHA Enforcing Repeat Violation Citations

Cal/OSHA has begun to enforce repeat violations, even if the original violation happened at a different UC campus. There is also proposed legislation to significantly increase fines.

Learn more about Cal/OSHA Enforcing Repeat Violation Citations, including the critical importance of an effective Injury and Illness Prevention Program.

What does this mean for my lab?

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.

UC Davis vendors, Airgas and Linde (formerly Praxair), sent out notices regarding this shortage.

Contact strategicsourcing@ucdavis.edu if your department anticipates urgent supply issues that cannot be resolved through conservation.
Controlled Substance Program Unannounced Inspections

Starting January 2022, EH&S will resume unannounced inspections of laboratories that have Controlled Substances (UC Davis Policy and Procedure Manual 290-70, Section V.B.3).

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 cs-info@ucdavis.edu if you have any questions.
Laboratory Safety Manual
Updated Version of Laboratory Safety Manual Now Available

The most recent version of the Laboratory Safety Manual, which includes the Chemical Hygiene Plan, is now available.

A summary of changes is listed in Appendix G, on page 127.

Now Available: 2021 UC Davis Emergency Response Guide

Emergency Response Guide
The updated 2021 UC Davis Emergency Response Guide is now available to replace previous versions posted around campus offices and labs. The guide is also available on the Crisis Manager mobile app.

Learn more about updates to the guide and how to get printed copies.  

Updated: SafetyNet on Peroxide Formation in Chemicals

SafetyNet #23, Peroxide Formation in Chemicals, was recently updated and will be uploaded to the Safety Services website on December 8, 2021. Changes will come into effect starting January 2022. Updates included:
  1. Clarifying the expectation about when the clock starts for disposal or testing.
    1. Before: certain chemical groups required testing/disposal starting after receipt, some were after opening.
    2. Now: the countdown to disposal or testing starts at the time of receipt by the lab or the manufacturers expiration date, whichever comes first.
  2. Formatting to more clearly separate the three different hazard groups for peroxide forming chemicals.
  3. Guidance on how to test for peroxide formation and what levels of peroxide are acceptable for a particular use.  
Questions about this update can be sent to chem-safety@ucdavis.edu.

UC Field Safety Leadership Retreat

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.

This event is sponsored by UCOP Risk Services, the UC Field Research Safety Center of Excellence, and the UC Field Safety Workgroup. The content builds on the 2021 UC Fieldwork Toolkit Leadership Training Series and the 2020 UC Fieldwork Toolkit Webinar Series.

A tentative schedule is posted at the website and will be updated as details are confirmed. Contact Heather Spaulding with questions (hspaulding@ucdavis.edu). Read more and apply now2022 UC Field Safety Leadership Retreat.

Impressive Fire Drill Planning at Vet Med

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.

Read more about the effort and plan your own fire drill

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

Upcoming Trainings

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.
  
Wednesday, January 12
1:30 - 4 p.m.
Register Here
Online Lab Safety Tools Seminar
This interactive class will teach you how to use the UC Online Lab Safety Tools: Laboratory Hazard Assessment Tool (LHAT), Chemicals, Inspect, WASTe and Profile. 

Wednesday, January 26
1:30 - 4 p.m.
Register Here
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