A Publication of the UC Davis Office of Administration Safety Services Division Winter 2008 A New Perspective: Viewing Safe Behavior as Social Commitment Steady Progress on Campus Sustainability: the concept of The resulting increase in insur- and individual lapse in judg- making decisions that promise ance costs depletes precious ment involving safety sabotages Emergency Notification System the least negative impact on University funds – funds that our best intentions and drains future generations. It’s on our are now not available for vital energy and resources from minds, and we want to do Campus infrastructure, or for us as a community. The well- Innovative System Test Will Pave the Way for what we can to leave the world research into medicine, energy being of all is dependent on Full-Scale Implementation safety & On February 27th and 28th, the first in a series of tests will be performed on the UC Davis Emergency Alert System, which will safety be fully operational this coming spring. The new system is sustainability designed to automatically notify all sectors of the Campus commu- nity quickly and simultaneously in the event of a crisis. “The sustainability Emergency Alert System uses proven, state-of-the-art technology,” says Campus Emergency Manager and project leader Valerie Lucus. “Whether we reach you via cell phone, land line, text mes- saging or email, we’ll reach you!” in better shape than the way in or agriculture. As a conse- the decisions that each of us The February test is designed to measure the Campus infrastruc- which we found it. Recycling, quence, people and environ- make. “The UC Davis Principles ture’s ability to handle the volume of messaging that would be conserving energy and reduc- ments are denied the benefit of of Community help us articulate triggered during a real emergency such as a hazardous spill or ing water use are some of the that research, as are the and commit to a standard of incidence of violence. The test was planned and will be executed practices that make a differ- ethics we can really be proud by members of the Notification Implementation Taskforce charged ence. But there are other, less of,” says Jill Blackwelder by Chancellor Vanderhoef to establish the notification process. obvious but equally important, Parker, Associate Vice Chan- The test parameters were developed by a team of voice and data ways in which we can positive- cellor, Safety Services. “By experts from the Campus and Med Center. Laine Keneller, IET ly impact the future of our envi- applying these Principles when Business Continuity Project Manager, collaborated with Katherine ronment and community. we make those little, every-day Masyn, a UC Davis statistician, on the test design. “With decisions involving safety, we Katherine’s help, we were able to build an appropriate test with A sustainability-based connec- will be living up to their true measurable results that will utilize the existing Campus and Med tion exists between safety today meaning.” Center infrastructures to their optimum.” said Laine. and quality of life tomorrow. “When we engage in unsafe students and instructors who The UC Davis Safety Council There are specific goals for this test, including gathering data on behavior, there is a largely hid- depend on research-based will be continuing its systematic how and when the Campus responds to various methods of mes- den cascade of negative employment and education. effort to embed safety and sage delivery. During the effect,” says Marcy Best, security principles throughout system test, messages Executive Director, Occupation- Taking the example a step fur- the Campus. Stay tuned to will be sent in four differ- al Health and Risk Manage- ther, the person injured in the Campus communications ent groups, and recipi- ment Services. “We may not vehicle accident will need time streams for information and ents will be asked to even know the people who off from work, reducing their programs designed to help us respond in various ways. eventually pay the price for a contribution to the UC Davis live a safer, healthier life – for A comprehensive “after bad safety decision, because mission. The person suffers, as everyone’s benefit. event” analysis of the we may be separated by dis- does his or her family, and he test will be conducted by tance or time. But they are or she will be forced to cancel To learn more about safety members of the Chancel- affected nonetheless.” volunteer participation in resources on Campus, visit Mark Stinson (left), Josh Van Horn and Sara lor’s Taskforce, who schools and non-profit agen- safetyservices.ucdavis.edu. For Robertson from the Campus data center coordinated the overall An example of Marcy’s point: cies, which in turn suffer from information about UC Davis review details of the test plan and discuss the Emergency Alert System’s notification structure. design of the test in col- Imagine an accident involving the lack of support. sustainability programs, visit laboration with the sys- a UC Davis vehicle that sustainability.ucdavis.edu. tem’s vendor, W.A.R.N. Industries. After the analysis is complete, requires an insurance payment. The story could go on, but the a full system test will be performed during the Fall 2008 quarter. point is clear. A momentary Following this initial test, critical next steps for the UC Davis Emer- gency Alert System focus on education and awareness. “One thing is very clear,” emphasizes Jill Blackwelder Parker, Associate Safety Contest Winner Fall ‘07 Vice Chancellor, Safety Services. “The system’s effectiveness will Our previous issue of Safety Signals Safety Contest winner hinge on the accuracy of the contact information on file for every- Penny Knutson, left, and one on Campus. It will be critical for all of us to update our per- featured a Safety Contest to assess Erica Brown, sonal and Campus contact information on a regular basis.” readers’ awareness of safety issues on ARC Membership Coordinator Campus. We were pleased with the As system implementation proceeds, the Taskforce will also be volume of responses, indicating our that we spend so much of our waking hours stressing the need to respond appropriately to a range of possible readers’ interest and concern for safety at our workplace,” says Penny. “Doing emergency messages. The team has launched a comprehensive communication campaign to provide basic instructions for all sec- – as well as an interest in the great prize whatever you can to keep yourself and tors of the Campus. being offered – a membership to the ARC for your workplace safe just makes sense. winter quarter. We need to take care of ourselves and THREE THINGS TO KNOW AND DO The winning entry for our Fall 2007 each other.” The following are the basic steps everyone on Campus must take Safety Contest was Penny Knutson, Penny has been with UC Davis for 18 in order for the Emergency Alert System to work effectively: Assistant Payroll Manager for Account- years, and appreciates the efforts of her ing and Financial Services, Payroll department leaders to create a safe and 1. Understand the UC Davis Emergency Alert System – what it is, Division. secure workplace. Congratulations, Penny, and what it does, where messages originate. 2. Respond correctly – follow the instructions in the emergency Penny received her ARC mem- enjoy your ARC membership! messages you receive. bership and plans to spend quality We encourage all Safety Signals 3. Keep your contact information up to date. Links and instruc- time at the Center to keep up with readers to stay tuned for new tions for updating will be published in the near future. her commitment to fitness and contests in the future, and remind health. “Working in the Payroll everyone to make safety a top The Chancellor’s Taskforce is standing by to help you get up to speed on each of these vital elements. Resources include an area, I’m very connected to the idea priority both at work and at home. See Notification System, Continued Page 3 Page 2 Safety Signals Winter 2008 Walking in an Officer’s Shoes: Citizen’s Traveling on Academy Opens a Window on the Law University Business? Enforcement Experience On a gated stretch of Campus it’s a unique learning experi- New Travel Insurance roadway, a patrol car is seen ence. For those of us in uni- performing a simple traffic form, it’s an opportunity to shed Coverage Update stop. The driver is asked for some light on the reasoning identification and is observed behind our policies so people for signs of dangerous behav- understand why we do what By James Irvin, Risk Control Anal- campus activities sponsored Understanding Your Coverage ior or impaired driving. we do.” The program includes yst, Risk Management Services and supervised by the Everything is routine about the a wide range of topics. The University, coverage will be Under the new policy, coverage traffic stop – everything except legal section focuses on the Domestic and international trav- provided worldwide, 24 hours is broader and more generous the fact that the cruiser is not rights of the individual pertain- el is sometimes a necessary a day, for a wide variety of than previous coverage and being driven by a police offi- ing to law, and how legal prin- activity for staff, faculty and stu- incidents and accidents. there is no cost to the traveler. cer, but a UC Davis staff mem- ciples are incorporated into dents. UC provides travel insur- The University requires travelers ance that is designed to protect Students and Upon completion of the short to register prior to out-of-state staff are enthusi- the traveler as well as reduce online Traveler Insurance form, and foreign country departure. astic partici- financial impacts on the travelers will be provided with pants in the University, thus allowing the Police Citizen’s information to use in an emer- The broader coverage provided Academy. University to pursue its mission. gency while traveling on UC by UC includes Travel Pictured here business both domestically and Assistance Services such as: with a recent UC travel insurance applies to class is UC abroad. Davis Police any person designated by UC • Security Extraction Chief Annette who is traveling on University- Register Before Leaving • Out of Country Medical Spicuzza directed and approved busi- (far left). • Loss of Personal Effects ness. It is important for all UC The traveler must complete the • Emergency Medical travelers to understand the online Business Traveler Evacuation ber. The passenger is a UC Police procedures. Other sub- scope of insurance coverage Insurance form before each • Repatriation of Remains Davis Police officer providing jects include training processes and their responsibilities in trip. This registration generates • Accidental Death, Dismem- coaching on proper procedure. and a review of law enforce- keeping the process effective a confirmation of coverage berment, Paralysis and The “suspect vehicle” is driven ment equipment. and efficient. insurance card for each trip. Permanent Total Disability by another member of the Police Department. The simulat- “Participants are permitted to Insurance Changes Travel Insurance References ed traffic stop, along with use the firearms training simula- Registration also provides med- ical emergency travel assis- crime scene processing and tor and learn the right way to Effective October 1, 2007, the To register using the online other law enforcement prac- make a traffic stop, such as the tance telephone numbers and University has changed both Business Traveler form, visit tices, forms part of the UC reasons for waiting for three lets the University know where the Business Travel and Student www.uctravel.org. For more Davis Police Department’s blocks before pulling a car we need to go to assist or res- Off-Campus Travel Accident information about the new Citizen Academy, which cele- over;” says Lt. Carmichael. cue our students as well as fac- insurance to provide enhanced insurance programs now pro- brates its first anniversary in “We basically ask them to walk ulty, staff and their spouses or coverages. vided by ACE USA, please visit 2008. The Academy program in our shoes for a brief time.” domestic partners, and depend- http://rms.ucdavis.edu and was introduced by Police Chief The curriculum also includes ent children traveling with them For staff traveling on official click on “Newly Enhanced Annette Spicuzza and is studying high speed chases should the need arise. University business or students Programs,” or call Dolores administered by Lieutenant and crime scene investigation. traveling to participate in off- Pence at Risk Management Matthew Carmichael. “Our Students review a mock crime Services at 530-757-8391. ultimate goal is the safety of scene, collect evidence and everyone on Campus and in produce documentation. They the community,” says Chief also learn about the different Attention Walkers, Joggers, Runners & Those Who Want to Be Spicuzza. “The more that citi- roles within the Department, zens understand about the from dispatch to patrol officer There is still time to join other The value of team training is of these events: Zoo Zoom on Police Department and our mis- to public services coordinator. UC Davis staffers for Active clear. It can be hard to start up April 13, the Y-Me Mothers Day sion, the more they can partner Aggies Team Training! Walk, by yourself, and many find Walk May 11, or the Shriner’s with us to create a safer place Feedback on the program has jog, or run with other staffers individual training monotonous Run on June 21. This offer is for to live, study and work.” been 100% positive to date. every Tuesday, Wednesday, and eventually quit. Active the first 100 registrants only. Citizens are enthusiastic about and Thursday after work. Aggies is an opportunity to The Academy, which offers two the Academy, and a number of train with co-workers for com- Signing up is simple. Take University credits, is open to participants have actually Using well-lit Davis trails, knowl- panionship as well as fitness. advantage of the easy, online students, faculty and staff as applied for positions with UC edgeable trainers will lead registration process at the web- well as the public. Sessions cor- Davis Police. “Our hope is that each session and work with Active Aggies is designed to site below, or send two $20 respond to the academic tri- our Academy students will act participants at all levels. support and enable you to pro- checks made out to UC Regents mesters in winter and spring, as ambassadors, that they will Training is organized in phases ceed at the speed and level to Bob Wachter in Occupation- and consist of nine weekly help get positive, constructive so you can ramp up at your that suits you best. Whether al Health. You’ll get one of meetings. All instructors are messages out there about the own pace, and fun tips on exer- you’re a daily runner, occasion- these checks back once you members of the UC Davis law as well as the threats that cise and nutrition are provided al exerciser, or a never-even- enter and finish an event! Police force dedicated to shar- we face,” says Lt. Carmichael. for all who attend. As you build tried person, you’ll find others ing their expertise with citizens. “It’s a great program, and it your speed and endurance, like you in the group! Getting For more information, visit our “The purpose of the Academy exists for all the right reasons,” you’ll be able to extend your more active is great for reliev- website: wrrc.ucdavis.edu/ is to help the public understand he continues. “The Academy training sessions, eventually ing stress, and for better teamaggie/ or contact Bob the perspective and responsibil- helps us build a productive, participating as part of a team health. Train with us and we’ll Wachter at 530-297-4605. ities of the police force.” says long-term partnership with the in a local run/walk event. pay your entrance fee for one Lt. Carmichael.“For the citizens, people we serve.” TEAM EFFORT Featured Team: Student Housing Student Housing is also responsi- ble for providing safe accommo- UC Davis Student Housing has identified institutional dations for the more than 4,500 best practices that create risk management awareness students in on-campus residence and strengthen the overall Campus safety culture. halls. Annual programming to Student Housing reiterates common departmental safety raise students’ awareness of ON programs and goals in a number of ways. In addition to a semi-annual letter to all employees, Student their own personal safety is pro- vided along with facilities TARGET Housing has created a Safety Committee of managers and supervisors who meet monthly to review safety enhancements such as 24-hour building security, required fire The staff at UC Davis Student Housing has succeeded in trends and to hear first hand what has occurred in the safety testing of mattress, furni- integrating safety and health principles into their depart- workplace that may need management’s attention. Student Housing also pro- ture and window finishes to mental and personal objectives, as well as their day-to- vides annual project-specific safety training and more general safety training pro- ensure they meet fire safety day activities. grams to all employees. For example, the department reinforces safe driving specifications, and holding reoccurring evacuation drills. Periodic community meet- guidelines by recommending an annual review of the appropriateness of using a ings provide an opportunity to review health safety policies outlined in the Guide University vehicle, safe driving procedures, and policy and procedure manual to Residence Hall Life. Student Housing reinforces accountability and UC Davis’ 300-30. Some of the emphasized workplace safety issues are: Standards of Ethical Conduct with both students and staff. • Safe driver guidelines • Hands-on driving practice “Student Housing is committed to providing the ongoing education and training • Safe lifting • Wearing protective equipment that are essential for a safe working and living environment,” says Emily Galindo, • Practicing good ergonomics • Vehicle security Interim Director of Student Housing. “The effort to protect the health of our staff, as • Good documentation well as the residents that live with us, are given our highest priority and attention.” Safety Signals Winter 2008 Page 3 to be put into place. This analy- help you contribute to the well- sis will help determine safe being of our workforce: Do You practices, training needs, and • No employee is expected to New Staff Member the type and level of personal undertake a job until he or Helps Employees Know protective equipment needed, she has received instructions Avoid Injuries as well as other means to on how to do it properly Your ensure that work can be and is and safely, and is auth- In May 2007, Occupational Health being performed safely. orized to perform the job. welcomed a new member to its staff. • No employees should Robert Wachter, P.E., ASP, REM is ful- An IIPP helps departments con- undertake a job that appears to be unsafe or try filling the duties of the newly-created sider the spectrum of how work is performed and addresses to hurry or take short cuts. Injury Prevention Specialist position. how commitments, communica- Think before you act. “I jumped at the chance to join the Occupational Health team and the Bob Wachter brings tions, and compliance fit • No employee should use more than 30 years’ together with the right tools, the chemicals without fully University,” says Bob. “With the train- experience in the right training and the appropri- understanding their toxic ing and experience I’ve gained over EH&S field, both from iipp? ate corrective actions and fol- low-up when a problem occurs. properties and without the knowledge required to work with them safely. the years, I’m confident I can help staff and faculty avoid the situations and behaviors resulting in accidents.” the consultancy and manufacturing perspec- tives, to his work at UC Davis. He holds a Employers and employees alike BS in Electrical Engin- Departmental Injury and should have the same goal Bob is promoting an overall safety cul- eering, MS in Civil and Environmental Illness Prevention Plans: when it comes to workplace ture change on Campus by working Engineering, an MBA an Efficient Approach to safety. The consequence of an together on injury prevention with his in Business Administra- Improved Employee Safety injury can be devastating for “customers,” UC Davis departmental tion and three two- employees and affect their supervisors and injured employees. year Health, Safety, By Marcy Best, Executive Director, Workers Compensa- Occupational Health and Risk quality of life both at home and “Post injury investigations, conducting tion and Environmental Management Services at work. Injuries can be expen- root cause assessments, implementing certificates from UC sive for employers and hurt corrective measures, training and extension programs. Have you heard the term “IIPP” their potential for staying in awareness-building – these are also Bob is a Licensed business as well as their ability Professional Engineer, and just assumed that it was part of my objectives,” says Bob. Assoc. Safety Profes- another in the long list of UC to be an employer of choice. sional and Registered acronyms? Would you be sur- The actual cost of injury goes Departmental Injury and Illness Pre- Environmental prised to know that IIPP stands beyond just the cost of medical vention Plans (IIPPs) already include Manager. for a program designed to pro- care. For every dollar spent on • Mechanical safeguards key elements for sustainable injury tect you and assure your safety the direct costs of an injury or must always be in place prevention, such as hazard identification, safe operating while at work? In California illness, much more is spent on and be kept in place. procedures and equipment, and training. Bob stresses the every employer has an obliga- the indirect and hidden costs. • Employees are to report to importance of individual involvement. “The main goal is tion to provide and maintain a a superior or designated proactive intervention; injuries hurt everyone, the injured safe and healthful workplace Consider what a lost work day individual all unsafe condi- tions encountered during person, his or her family and the entire University communi- for their employees. As of injury would cost in terms of productive time lost by the the course of their work. ty. I see myself as an ally of every employee interested in 1991, OSHA has required injured employee; the time to • Work-related injuries or ill- going home safe and in good health every day.” He goes employers to have a written hire or to retrain other individu- nesses, however slight, on to state; “My mission is to teach & reach employees to effective Injury and Illness als to replace the injured work- should be reported and become ‘Personal Risk Managers,’ noting and taking action Prevention Program (IIPP). er; the loss of skilled, experi- thoroughly investigated. when they are in injury-prone ‘states.’ Some examples of The purpose of this article is to enced employees, and perhaps • Personal protective equip- these states are: 1) rushing, 2) being frustrated, 3) compla- help you understand what an lower efficiencies, lost research ment must be used when cent, and/or 4) fatigued, conditions that endanger employ- IIPP is and how it can help and where required, and ees. These ‘injury states’ can create employee safety behav- reduce workplace injuries. used properly. ior risks; a) taking their eyes or minds off the task, b) put- Hopefully the information For every dollar spent on ting themselves in the line-of-fire and/or c) losing their trac- presented here will encour- Your Safety Advisor or any tion, balance or grip. age you to find your depart- the direct costs of an injury member of the Safety mental IIPP and talk to your Services team can help Safety depends largely on common sense; the challenge supervisor about how this or illness, much more is you find resources to make lies in integrating “common sense” into “common practice.” plan can help you avoid spent to cover the indirect your workplace safer. The Supervisors need to take the lead and ensure that equip- being injured at work and “Be Smart about Safety” ment, procedures, and behavior are safe. Not taking pre- help the campus reduce the and hidden costs. (BSAS) program is also a ventative action leads to non-verbally communicating high cost of Workers’ Com- good resource for finding “silence is consent.” We can all work together as a commu- pensation. If your depart- funds to complement your nity by taking responsibility to change our own behaviors ment does not have a written time and increased Workers’ safety efforts. For information and improve the safety culture. Fortunately, many resources plan, there are plenty of Compensation rates; and finally about BSAS, visit the EH&S exist to support this effort: resources to help you get start- the cost and workload associat- website at firstname.lastname@example.org. ed. An IIPP template is located ed with the administrative func- UC Davis Staff Development • Established safety policies & procedures: on the UC Davis Environmental tions to handle all of the above and Professional Services will ehs.ucdavis.edu/hs/pnp.cfm Health and Safety web page: processes. offer a “Putting Your IIPP to • Departmental safety coordinators & advisors: http://ehs.ucdavis.edu/hs/iipp Work” course on May 16. Visit ehs.ucdavis.edu/hs/dsa/index.cfm /index.cfm. Your departmental Last year, UC Davis had 764 sdps.ucdavis.edu/browse/hl/hl 0236.htm for more information. • Existing employee safety training: Injury and Illness Prevention injuries that cost $3,849,410, with an average cost per injury ehs.ucdavis.edu/train/classes/index.cfm Program must be a written plan of $5,038. Although the num- Having an effective IIPP is just • Safety committees: ehs.ucdavis.edu/hs/committee.cfm that assures the following ele- ber of injuries has declined good business and benefits • IIPP & chemical hygiene programs: ments are in place: everyone. Need more inspira- ehs.ucdavis.edu/hs/iipp/index.cfm • A system for communicating over the last five years, costs safety with all employees have increased. Some of these tion? Think of all the good • Safety Nets: • A system for assuring costs can be attributed to the things the Campus could do ehs.ucdavis.edu/print/sn_mlist_num_print.cfm employee compliance with increased cost of medical care with nearly $4,000,000! • Ergonomics: ehs.ucdavis.edu/ergo/index.cfm safe work practices and wage replacements, but • Mind-body wellness programs: sdps.ucdavis.edu/hap • Scheduled and routine the severity of injuries has been • ‘Be Smart About Safety’ funding: inspections and evaluation the biggest factor. For the first Notification System, from Page 1 ehs.ucdavis.edu/ergo/BSAS/index.cfm of safety systems, tools, and five months of fiscal year 2007- equipment 2008, we have had 290 “Be Smart About Safety is a 100% funded program for • Management commitment injuries that cost $2,116,848, online contact update process, safety equipment, training and other approved initiatives and assignment of responsi- with an average cost of FAQs, in-person tutorials and for injury prevention and a 50% funded program for work- bilities $7,299 per injury, an increase workshops for staff and stu- station ergonomic changes,” says Bob. “All of these activi- • Accident investigation of all of 69% over the previous year. dents, and websites featuring ties help us establish sustainable systems that are easy to injuries and illnesses emergency preparedness infor- follow and easy to manage.” Bob will also be doing the • Procedures for correcting Each department contributes to mation. A streamlined process background work to support lasting positive change: ana- unsafe/unhealthy conditions the support of the Worker’s for updating contact informa- lyzing injury statistics, identifying hazards, establishing a • Safety and health training Compensation program through tion, including phone numbers safety training matrix of required safety courses, develop- and instruction their operating budgets. The and building locations, is being ing an EH&S leadership training course, and implementing • Recordkeeping and docu- IIPP process helps enable every- developed and will be publi- employee safe behavior and body-mechanics training, plus mentation one to do his or her part to cized when it is operational. reviewing expense and capital projects with the goal of make the work environment identifying and troubleshooting problem areas. In each department, every job safe. This crosses all bound- “Above all, I want to stress the is to be evaluated and the work aries and titles, from those in importance of continually Bob closes by saying “It’s a tall order, but I can’t think of hazards identified. This is upper management positions to updating our contact informa- anything I’d rather do than help people stay safe and called a job safety analysis; it those who keep our campus tion,” advises Valerie; “We healthy both at work and at home.” Bob can be reached at is the basis for developing a clean. You have undoubtedly need to remember that our safe- 530-297-4605. Visit safetyservices.ucdavis.edu/occupa- departmental IIPP. Once the heard the phrase “safety is hazards are identified, the nec- everyone’s responsibility,” but ty, as well as that of people tional-health-services to learn about UC Davis Occupational essary elements for protecting what does that mean to you? around us, depends on the sys- Health and injury prevention programs. people from being injured are Here are some guidelines to tem’s ability to reach us.” Page 4 Safety Signals Winter 2008 Helping You Cope with Life’s Twists and Turns Free Brown-Bag Sessions from Staff Development and Professional Services Newsworthy By Didar Khalsa, Staff Develop- modified to practice and do According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s ment and Professional Services right at your desk. Transportation Security Administration (TSA), effective Staff Development & Profession- Date: May 22, 2008 January 1, 2008, spare lithium batteries may not al Services offers an ongoing be packed in airline passengers’ checked bag- series of brown bag presenta- For the Health Awareness gage. This applies to spare batteries that are tions promoting health and well- Program, call 530-752-1766 carried separately from the devices they power. ness. The sessions are held in or visit sdps.ucdavis.edu/hap Spare lithium batteries can be placed in carry-on baggage, however. For personal use, there is generally no the Cabernet Room at the Silo Work Life Sessions: keep the lines of communica- restriction on the number of spare batteries allowed in from noon to 1:00. Pre-enroll- tion open with the young peo- carry-on baggage. That includes cell phone batteries, hear- ment is not necessary; just show Good Grief ple in your life. This workshop ing aid button cells, and AA/AAA batteries available in up. The following is just a sam- retail stores, as well as almost all standard laptop computer pling of upcoming sessions: Grief is unavoidable in our will review strategies for com- batteries. However, you may carry no more than two larger lives. The reasons for grief are municating across generations. batteries, in the range of 100 – 300 watt hour rating. Understanding and many, including the loss of a Date: May 8, 2008 These include some extended life laptop computer batteries, Managing Allergies loved one, the loss of health, or such as the “universal” lithium ion battery. Visit Hear from a local allergist on the letting go of a long-held Get It Together www.tsa.gov for more information and useful tips before how to reduce symptoms so dream. Come learn what good Do you want to get organized your next flight. you can survive and thrive, grief is and when to seek out and get your records in order, even in UC Davis’ agricultural the experts for more support. but don’t know where to start? New! A course on the proper use of Biological Safety environment. Date: April 3, 2008 People of all ages will find Cabinets – just one of the educational and workplace train- Date: April 24, 2008 value in this workshop with the ing resources available through the EH&S Department. Communicating With Your author of Get It Together. Biological Safety Cabinets are essential protective devices Chair Yoga Tweener/Teenager Date: May 29, 2008 for those working with any kind of infectious agent, and for This interactive workshop will From casual conversations them, this course is required. Other courses and programs present exercises based on about everyday things to seri- For information on UC Davis featured on the EH&S website include Food Safety, Boating yoga principles that can be ous discussions, it is essential to Work Life, call 530-752-5415 Safety and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). Visit EH&S or email email@example.com. at http://ehs.ucdavis.edu/hs/ for more information. The EH&S Unit reminds Campus laboratories to follow Did Within eight hours of smoking your last cigarette, carbon monoxide levels in the blood packaging procedures to avoid delays and ensure safe drop to normal. After one year without smoking, excess risk of coronary heart disease is removal of all chemical wastes. Guidelines include not You half that of a smoker, and after 10 Years, the lung cancer death rate is similar to that of overfilling waste containers, transferring liquids to capped Know non-smokers. Learn more at the American Cancer Society’s website: www.cancer.org. containers, correct labeling and making sure all gels are dry before bagging them. Please check the EH&S website at http://ehs.ucdavis.edu/hazwaste/iactive.cfm for instruc- tions on scheduling a waste pick-up. Take-Home Messages Safety Learn how to recognize and respond to life-threatening res- Contest piratory or cardiac emergencies by taking the CPR/AED Recent news coverage has put the spotlight on flu strains, course. UC Davis Staff Development and Professional Test your knowledge of safety meningitis and most recently, Methicillin-resistant issues on Campus and quali- Services (SDPS) offers courses on these life-saving skills on Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA. According to the U.S. fy to win a prize! It’s simple: March 12, 2008 and March 27, 2008 at 130 Hoagland Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the most common work- log onto our website at: Hall. Instructors from the American Red Cross will teach the places for MRSA to spread include close quarters such as basics of giving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and dormitories and day care centers. Be aware of the CDC’s http://safetyservices.ucdavis.edu/ using an automatic external defibrillator (AED). To reserve a “Five Cs,” the factors that make it easier for MRSA to be spot in one of these sessions, contact SDPS staff at 530- transmitted: Crowding, frequent skin-to-skin Contact, Click on the CONTEST but- 752-1766 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Compromised skin (i.e., cuts or abrasions), Contaminated ton and follow the instruc- items and surfaces, and lack of Cleanliness. Learn more tions. All employees who Picnic Day Open House: The UC Davis Fire Department about prevention of MRSA and other infectious diseases by take the quiz will have their once again welcomes everyone on Picnic Day, Saturday clicking on www.cdc.gov or www.cdph.ca.gov/healthinfo/ names entered in a random April 19, 2008. Everyone is invited to tour the station, drawing for a great prize: meet the staff members and mingle amidst fire apparatus one membership to ARC for old and new. There will be balloons, brochures and fun Protect yourself while shopping! The California Department one quarter. For more of Consumer Affairs offers this advice: “Before you give any items for the kids. You’ll get a chance to ask questions of details, visit our website. personal information to a business, ask how it will be used Enjoy the safety contest! the staff and meet Pluggie & Sparky. Join us as we cele- or shared. If you’re not comfortable with the answers, shop brate 100 years of Fire Safety for the UC Davis Campus elsewhere. When using an ATM, or using your ATM or debit 1. What is the most fequent community. card at a store, shield your card number and PIN so others injury to UC Davis Campus don’t see them. Be aware that the camera feature on many employees? EH&S offers a one-day course on ergonomic principles and cell phones can be used to capture your PIN or credit card identifying common ergonomic pitfalls of the office environ- number.” The Consumer Affairs online magazine, Consumer a) Slip and fall ment. Included are OSHA standards review, a survey of on- Connection, also provides advice on preventing identity b) Pushing or pulling Campus resources, and hands-on activities. Ergonomic theft, web safety for kids, protecting yourself from online c) Repetitive motion injury assessments and interventions will be included. Participants hackers, and avoiding becoming a burglary victim when such as carpal tunnel will learn how to recognize ergonomic injuries, identify risk d) Back injury factors and conduct workstation evaluations. The Ergonomic shopping at the mall. Visit www.dca.ca.gov/publications/- newsletter/winter-2006_newsletter.pdf to view the winter Awareness and Evaluation is on May 8, 2008. For more 2.. How many animal issue of Consumer Connection. species are involved in UC information, visit sdps.ucdavis.edu/hap. Davis animal research? Home energy conservation is not only good for the environ- ment; it also has a positive effect on our pocketbooks. a) 25 c) 58 Safety Signals Winter 2008 Significant energy savings can be gained simply by taking b) 36 d) 73 advantage of your thermostat’s “smart” capabilities; most Safety Signals is published by the ASSOCIATE VICE CHANCELLOR, modern units can be programmed to manage energy use 3. How many faculty, staff UC Davis Office of Administration SAFETY SERVICES: efficiently both in winter and summer months. Additional fuel and students (combined) are Safety Services Division to promote Jill Blackwelder Parker savings are gained by finding and fixing leaks in windows, involved in radiation use? health and safety for UC Davis doorframes and other areas that allow precious heat to leak employees and their families. EDITOR: a) 532 c) 1531 to the outdoors. It’s also important to make sure that your Clelia Baur b) 789 d) 1767 house is properly insulated. Information on making the best use of your programmable thermostat and other helpful 4. How much money did CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: home energy tips are available in the California Energy UC Davis pay last year in Clelia Baur Commission’s series of Home Energy Guide fact sheets. You Worker’s Compensation Marcy Best can contact them at 800-772-3300 or visit their website at claims? Gina Marie Brice www.energy.ca.gov. Office of Administration Jill Blackwelder a) $2,300,000 Safety Services Division Matthew Carmichael The time to buy that hands-free set is now! A new California b) $2,900,000 University of California Safa Hussain c) $3,800,000 436 Mrak Hall, One Shields Ave. James Irvin law will prohibit the use of cell phones by drivers unless the d) $4,200,000 Davis, California 95616 Laine Keneller driver is using a hands-free device starting July 1, 2008. Also on that date, those under 18 years of age will be pro- Didar Khalsa 5. What percentage of 530-752-2599 Valerie Lucus hibited from driving a motor vehicle while using a wireless off-the-job injuries are www.ucdavis.com Andrew Majewski telephone, including a hands-free device, and/or mobile caused by equipment Annette Spicuzza service devices (pagers, texting devices, laptops, etc). The failure? Robert Wachter above restrictions do not apply in emergency situations, or Gerry Westcott to drivers of emergency response vehicles. Read more about a) Less than 10% the new law at gov.ca.gov/index.php?/pressrelease/3910/ b) Approximately 50% Your questions and suggestions are c) More than 90% welcome. Please email comments to the Divison of Safety Services at SafetyServices@ucdavis.edu.