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Student Testimonial: Thuong Nguyen

September 16, 2020
In addition to providing world-class learning opportunities, UC Davis also provides, real-world jobs, for students.  Many departments on campus regularly employ students who have little to no prior working experience that are, looking to gain expertise in certain fields or help them to develop soft skills that will prepare them for working life after college. 

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
Hexamethyldisilazane Spill Incident Description

EH&S' daily on-call safety specialist received a report that a bottle of hexamethyldisilazane had been dropped and that approximately 500 mL of liquid was on the floor of the lab (not inside a chemical fume hood). The Safety Data Sheet (SDS) lists the hazardous properties of this chemical as highly flammable, toxic in contact with skin, and harmful if inhaled.

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.

Surface Water Curtailment

June 17, 2020
Surface Water curtailment for the State of California – Important Notice to Laboratories and Users with Special Equipment

On June 5, 2020, the State of California Department of Water Resources enacted Term 91, which is a water curtailment protocol to avoid diversion of surface water in seasonably dry conditions.

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. 

Cal/OSHA Top Violations 2019

May 05, 2020
Cal/OSHA recently released the list of the top Occupational Safety and Health (Title 8) Cal/OSHA Violations 2019.

The top ten on this list has not changed much over the last year. The top 5 on the list account for over half of the most cited violations. Violations related to Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) over the years has remained on the top of the list.