May is Safety Month at UC Davis

May is Safety Month 2023

May is Safety Month at UC Davis, with weekly trainings and activities designed to help keep students and employees safe on and off campus, all year long. And this year, there’s free ice cream at a welcome for new campus health and safety teams.

Organized by Safety Services, Safety Month activities highlight a unique set of programs, changes and people capable of protecting the university community from a range of risks and addressing unprecedented challenges to physical, mental, and emotional health.

Advancing a shared safety culture is a priority for UC Davis, and we’re continuously improving,” remarked Eric Kvigne, Associate Vice Chancellor for Safety Services. “Safety Month is an important part of our year-round effort to connect with the community around resources, people and safe practices that help UC Davis students, faculty, and staff to conduct extraordinary research and experience a vibrant and welcoming campus.”

Employees, students and other campus affiliates are encouraged to participate in the scheduled activities.

Week 1:
Youth Protection

All programs and activities for minors must be registered. Youth protection training helps UC Davis employees fulfill our responsibility for ensuring the protection of minors we host on campus, through choosing the right staff and making secure the in-person and virtual facilities where they participate. Training is offered May 2 and 3, learn more.

The CORE Officers are one of the new campus health and safety teams you can meet at the ice cream social.

Week 2:
Meet New Health and Safety Teams

The Police and Fire Departments are hosting an ice cream social on May 9 where you can meet the new Police and Fire Department teams focused on the health, well-being and safety needs of our campus community. RSVP for event on May 9 and learn more about new teams: Health 34, CORE officers and safety specialists.

Week 3:
Outdoor Threats and Safety

As the summer approaches, UC Davis employees and students must prioritize their safety and well-being while conducting field research, and working outdoors in the heat and wildfire smoke. After our severe winter weather and likely summer threats, it’s imperative to plan now. Training is offered May 16 – 18, learn more.

Week 4:
New App to Report Employee Injury and Illness

The Employer’s First Report (EFR) will be retired on May 29, and employees and supervisors will start using a new app called Employee Injury and Illness Reporting to report work-related injury and illness. Nothing changes about the existing requirement to immediately make a report, but the new app brings some changes to functionality. Training is offered May 23 – 25, learn more.

EIIR Screengrab
The new Employee Injury and Illness Reporting tool asks for all the same required information as our current, Employer’s First Report, but it navigates the user through reporting in a streamlined and simplified manner.

At Safety Services, we’re making improvements to campus safety every day. We like using Safety Month to highlight for the rest of campus what we think are the best and most important ways for employees and students to think, act and feel safe while they’re out making the university better every day.” -- Eric Kvigne

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