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December - Finding Joy!

November 19, 2020

December is here; soon 2020 will be done. It has been an extraordinary time! Covid-19, the highlight of the year, brought a lot of uncertainty and has changed our lives in many ways. Our jobs, school, relationships, and daily rhythms have been disrupted which has been challenging for many of us.

During this pandemic, it might be hard to find joy in your current reality, however joy is about how we are within ourselves. So, to be joyful we must take care of our body!

Follow these tips improve your health and be more joyful within yourself:

Meet the Chemistry Department's New Safety Manager

November 05, 2020

Shujin Hackman is the new Safety Manager for the Chemistry Department. She is taking over Debbie Decker’s former position.

Shujin completed her Bachler’s Degree in her native country of China. She completed her Master’s Degree at Ohio State University. It was during her graduate work at Ohio State that she began to take an active role in managing safety programs. She experienced a splash of Trizol, a corrosive solution, to the face and close to her eyes. Shujin believes that most people who take an active role in safety have either witnessed a lab incident or experienced one.

Spotlight: Hamid Fonooni

October 21, 2020
The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) highlighted campus ergonomist, Hamid Fonooni, in September.

Student Testimonial: Thuong Nguyen

September 16, 2020
Recent biological science major graduate, Thuong Nguyen, is one of the many students who worked, and continue to work, at Safety Services.

Lessons Learned: Hexamethyldisilazane Spill

July 29, 2020
When the on-call professional from EH&S arrived on scene, the researchers had evacuated the lab and were waiting in the hallway along with the UCD Fire Department Haz-Mat Team.

Record Retention Guidance

July 29, 2020
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.

What records do you need to maintain? 

The University template Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) and E-IIPP outline exactly what is required. See Section VIII, Recordkeeping and Documentation:

Hazardous Waste Pick-up

July 20, 2020
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 for pick-up during suspended operations 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.

Andrew Majewski is Retiring

June 16, 2020
In June 2020, Andrew Majewski, EH&S Manager of Health and Safety and Industrial Hygiene, will retire after more than 25 years of service at UC Davis.

Debbie Decker is Retiring

June 16, 2020
In June 2020, Debbie Decker, Safety Manager for the Department of Chemistry, will retire after 22 years of service at UC Davis.

Prevent Hand Sanitizer Burns

May 27, 2020
You can prevent burns by allowing alcohol-based sanitizers to dry/evaporate before resuming work activity.

Hand sanitizers contain high concentrations of alcohol and alcohol vapors can flame or flash if exposed to an ignition source, switches, or any surface containing static electricity.

Proper Placement of Hand-Sanitizer Dispensers

May 27, 2020
The California Fire Code has specific requirements when it comes to placing hand-sanitizer dispensers inside or outside a facility.

UC Davis Fire Prevention Services is available to assist with ensuring hand-sanitizer dispensers are installed in a code-compliant manner in rooms and corridors.