Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Safety Information

Departmental Safety Policy and Procedures


A Message from BAE Safety Coordinators Kameron Chun and Victor Duraj

We envision safety as a value.  This means safety is ingrained and ever present, and not merely a priority that may change over time.  Safety is the right thing to do, it is the law, and we have learned first hand over the years that incidents are usually preventable.  As your scholarly endeavors bring recognition to you, your lab group, and to our university, please make safety a value in your work.  The BAE Safety Committee, led by the department chair, works diligently to ensure our facilities and our trainings serve our missions of teaching, research, and outreach.  Policies and procedures have been developed and continue to evolve with all of this in mind.  The year 2013 saw a UC-wide comprehensive refocus on safety, but our efforts of the previous years positioned us well as the UC Office of the President now reinforces existing policies and introduces new ones.  This work will continue into 2014 and beyond, as the university continues to strive for a greater and more sustainable Culture of Safety.  Everyone appreciates your understanding and patience as the entire community works together in this valuable effort.


UC Davis Safety Management Program (PPM 290-15)   

Selected Excerpts:

A. It is the policy of UC Davis, through its Safety Management Program, to provide a safe
workplace and to minimize potential hazards to employees, students, and visitors.

B. The Safety Management Program, required by Cal/OSHA, is intended to set a standard for maintaining a safe workplace. It is the responsibility of every department head and supervisor to assure that appropriate information and training are provided to employees. Likewise, it is the responsibility of all employees to follow safe work practices and procedures as specified in written protocols and policies.

4. Employees/students: [BAE Note: this includes visiting scholars, volunteers, staff, faculty, retirees, etc]

a. Support and assist in the implementation of the Safety Management Program.
b. Follow standard operating procedures.
c. Use safety equipment provided.
d. Report unsafe or hazardous situations immediately to supervisor or instructor.
e. Report all injuries or accidents to supervisor.
f. Participate in mandated medical surveillance programs. (Voluntary programs are also available.)

Guidelines for Principal Investigators (SafetyNet #131)

Guidelines for Supervisors (SafetyNet #130)

Guidelines for Department Chairs (SafetyNet #129)

Guidelines for Department Safety Coordinators (SafetyNet #125)