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Airgas Liquid Nitrogen Service Changes

Airgas, UC’s main supplier for liquid nitrogen for cryogenic storage, has notified UC that Airgas delivery drivers can no longer perform certain high-risk functions that fall outside of contracted services. 

Monkeypox Overview


Monkeypox is a rare disease that is caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus belongs to the Orthopoxvirus genus which includes the variola (smallpox) virus as well as the vaccinia virus, which is used in the smallpox vaccine. Monkeypox can be spread from infected humans, animals, and materials contaminated with the virus. In May 2022, cases of Monkeypox were identified outside of Africa unrelated to travel or animal exposure. This outbreak has grown considerably since then, with over 25,000 global cases and 7000 in the United States alone.

Yemi Olowoyeye Accepts Promotion in Risk Management

Safety Services' Yemi Olowoyeye has been promoted to a Worker’s Compensation Analyst with Risk Management.

Starting as an Assistant for Occupational Health in 2012, Yemi accepted a role as a Risk Analyst in 2018 and has been helping improve campus operations ever since. 

EH&S Director Plotkin Accepts New Role at UCLA

UC Davis Environmental Health & Safety Director, Curtis Plotkin, has accepted the role of Assistant Vice Chancellor for Environment, Health & Safety at UCLA. Curtis’ last day at UC Davis will be July 22 and a recruitment to fill his position will be launched immediately.

Curtis joined UC Davis in 2015, from UC Riverside, stepping into an EH&S director position that was vacant for a while, and his challenge was to improve all our safety programs, partnerships, and regulatory requirements.

First UC Davis Laboratory Safety 201: Application class!

In May, the School of Veterinary Medicine and the Laboratory Safety Review program collaborated on a first-of-its-kind on this campus, hands-on laboratory safety class. The class was divided into two sections. The first part took place in a lecture room and focused on documentation and training. The second part took place in a laboratory where common violations such as missing labeling, improper waste disposal and improper chemical segregation were staged.

Welcome Kristina Zumstein!

Kristina is the newest member of the Laboratory Safety Review program at Safety Services. She will take over the role of Laboratory Safety Professional (LSP) for the College of Biological Sciences and half of the School of Medicine. John Lomas currently holds that position and he will be retiring at the end of June 2022.  

Hamid Fonooni Elected as ABET President

ABET announced those who have been elected to serve as its 2022-2023 officers in a press release at the end of March, revealing that Hamid Fonooni has been selected as its 2022-2023 president-elect.

Lab Safety Spotlight

Safety Services is proud to shine the Lab Safety Spotlight on Dr. Marie Heffern, a PI in the Department of Chemistry, for going above and beyond to create a strong lab safety culture.

"Look at me in my PPE" Promotional Campaign

As the Laboratory Safety Review program celebrates 9 years since its inception, it launches an incentive program to reward positive safety behavior.