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Suspended Operations at UC Davis:
How it affects Research

Chancellor May issued a message to the campus community indicating that the UC Davis campus was moving to suspended operations in order to comply with Statewide shelter in place orders.

The Office of Research has indicated that researchers are expected to ramp down any non-critical on-site research activities at this time.

View these resources for more information:  PIs must work with their respective Department Chairs and Research Unit Directors to develop a scale-back plan as soon as possible. A definition of who is considered essential on-site personnel, as well the definition of critical research activities is also available from the Office of Research.

Check back frequently as information continues to change as the situation evolves.

Request for PPE Information

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, UC Health, in conjunction with UCOP, is currently assessing all available PPE across the UC campuses. UC Davis Health is asking that if you have or use the following in your research to please let them know by emailing    
  • Standard medical gloves (all brands and material, including nitrile, neoprene, and latex)
  • Masks (N95 or surgical, opened boxes ok, masks should be unused)
  • Test swabs
  • Ventilators
Learn more on UC Davis Health's PPE donation webpage

Personal Protective Equipment Donations Needed

If you’re interested in making a donation right now, fill out this form to list the items being donated. Then, either request a pickup or drop them off at the Hopkins Services Complex, 615 Hopkins Road, to the west of Highway 113.

Read in Dateline how some departments have already made PPE donations or how the School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) donated thousands of pieces of PPE.

Lab Safety Reviews during Suspended Operations

In order to support social distancing and allow the maximum flexibility to the research community, the annual Laboratory Safety Reviews and follow-ups will be conducted remotely.

The remote reviews will involve a subset of our checklist (pdf). These checklist items are focused on online safety programs and trainings that can be both inspected remotely and corrected without being in the lab.
The reviews will be completed by Laboratory Safety Professionals as scheduled. A follow-up will occur within 30 days to ensure findings are resolved, answer questions, and to finalize the review.

The Laboratory Safety Professionals are available to review safety documents, provide feedback, and answer any questions you may have.

Email any question to

Update on Specific Safety Reviews

Radiation Audits: Radiation audits being evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please reach out to with any questions or concerns.

Biosafety lab reviews: In an effort to support COVID-19 mitigation efforts, Biosafety lab reviews are on-hold until further notice.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please email us at

Controlled substance audits: controlled substance audits are on hold. Users must continue to keep their online usage logs up-to-date and accurate. Questions and concerns can be sent to

FOA Website for Suspended Operations

Check out the status of all FOA services during the current "Suspended Operations" status of campus.

If a safety issue arises during this time, an on-call safety specialist continues to be available 24/7 by calling 530-752-1493. In the event of an emergency, call 911.
Researchers are working from home and shutting down research.

Read When Coronavirus Closes Your Lab, Can Science Go On? in The New York Times

Reminder: Your authenticated UC Davis login gets you complementary access to The New York Times through the UC Davis Library? Check it out

Ergonomics While Telecommuting

Check out some useful Ergonomic tips to maintain healthy working conditions for using your computer while telecommuting. 

Here's a great tip
Change your position every 20 minutes. This should help to relax the muscles that have been in contraction mode.

Read ergo tips for laptops, chairs, phones and more (.pdf)
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