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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.

UC Davis recognized for its holistic efforts at reducing worker injury

Occupational Health Services recently led efforts on behalf of UC Davis (Davis Campus and UC Davis Health) to become a designated National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Total Worker Health (TWH) Affiliate. This affiliation recognizes UC Davis for its efforts to advance the safety, health, and well-being of its workers.

New Helium Allocation to Campus 

Industrial gas suppliers Linde (Praxair) and Airgas notified UC Davis that they will be placing academic campuses on allocation for helium products.