DiSCO is a grass roots community of over 70 department safety coordinators and officers (DiSCOs) at UC Davis helping each other via an email listserv and also via a Monthly Update campus safety summary that now reaches beyond DiSCO to an additional 275 people directly. BAE’s Victor Duraj represented DiSCO via their poster at Laboratory Safety Workshop 2018 in Chicago, IL on May 6 through 8 for about 125 invited participants. The event was organized by National Institutes of Health, American Chemical Society, UC Center for Laboratory Safety, UC Office of the President, and Northwestern University. Click here for more info about the Workshop.
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.
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.)