uc davis materials science engineering department safety

Safety in Materials Science and Engineering

Safety Information for all Materials Science and Engineering Laboratories

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is dedicated to maximizing the safety of all faculty, staff and students. This page contains forms and information related to laboratory safety within the department. For any safety-related issues or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the department safety coordinator (DSC):

uc davis mse department safety manager bill doering

Bill Doering

Department Safety Coordinator
3316 Bainer Hall

Department Safety Documents

Additional Documents/Resources

Required Safety Training

Safety training requirements for research labs

In addition to the departmental safety training, all faculty, students and employees that work in research laboratories are required to complete the following trainings before unsupervised activities are permitted:

  • UC Laboratory Safety Fundamentals course, an online training course covering general lab safety.
  • Lab-specific orientation, which covers emergency procedures, engineering controls, personal protective equipment (PPE), standard operating procedures (SOPs) and other safety information that is specific to each lab or PI. This will be arranged with your lab safety coordinator.
  • Annual, documented refresher training provided by each lab that covers chemical spill control, hazardous waste management and emergency procedures.
  • Additional training for research that presents unique hazards, including the use of radioactive or biological materials or research lasers. Refer to the Safety Training Matrix to help you determine if any other trainings are required or applicable.

Finally, a laboratory orientation and key authorization form must be signed by your professor (PI) for you to receive a key and/or access code to the lab.

Safety records

Every lab is required to maintain up-to-date records of the following:

All labs must also perform annual “self-audits” of their laboratories using the CUPA checklist and the self-inspection form:

Assistance for self-audits is available upon request.  Please contact your lab safety coordinator to set up an appointment.