Safety Star Program
The Safety Star Program was implemented to recognize campus employees who are making contributions to improve the safety culture at UC Davis.
First Quarter 2017 Safety Star: Brant Allen
Department: Tahoe Environmental Research Center
Supervisor: Geoffrey Schladow
Brant Allen has been conducting and supervising boat and scuba operations at Lake Tahoe as part of TERC for the last 28 years. He spends over 100 days on the water and transports 300 passengers annually. During that time there has not been a boating or diving injury under his watch. While he maintains the final say as the boat captain, he believes safety is a group effort where everyone has a part to play. Brant's vast experience reading the subtleties of Tahoe's weather and his focus on changing conditions while carrying out his work has allowed him to avoid conditions that could rapidly become hazardous. Brant manages to keep track of pending hazardous situations while multiple staff and visiting researchers move about the vessel. Brant's safety record speaks clearly to his awareness of the risks involved working in and on the water and his dedication to on the job safety. His communication with staff, visiting researchers, and UCD safety personnel welcomes discussion about safety-related issues, making the work environment a safer place for all.
Fourth Quarter 2016 Safety Star: Laura Torchin
Department: California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory
Supervisor: Pam Hullinger
Laura Torchin has been California Animal Health & Food Safety’ (CAHFS) American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) Quality Manager for many years, and has always encouraged the incorporation and practice of safety in all CAHFS' SOPs and procedures. As an AAVLD Quality Auditor, she not only is highly skilled at determining whether laboratory practices are complying with written procedures, but has an acute eye for observing and correcting safety issues in any lab section she evaluates. Laura performs numerous Quality Audits in CAHFS laboratory and administrative sections at all branch labs, and lets both the laboratory personnel and supervisors know of any issues she sees during these inspections. She reliably helps by reporting safety concerns and assists with resolutions to safety issues. Laura is an invaluable support for CAHFS Safety Program, and CAHFS employees are safer because of her leadership.
Third Quarter 2016 Safety Star: Adrian Galindo
Department: Mondavi Center
Supervisor: Donna Flor
Adrian develops and manages safety training for the Mondavi Center technical staff including an intensive three-day program at the beginning of each season for all new and returning technical personnel on basic safety, equipment use and safety procedures for the technical production Department. Adrian is starting a program to work with each department within the Mondavi Center to create a custom safety program for their department. Adrian also manages all PPE inventory and distribution, monitors AEDs and even gives short safety quizzes during production meetings throughout the year to keep safety at the forefront of the staff's mind. This past spring Adrian attended the week-long, Academy for Venue Security and Safety hosted by the International Association of Venue Managers. From this program, Adrian brought back many ideas of which he is in development including the expansion of our business contingency plan and the development of an incident command plan.