Student with protective equipment in a lab


Our Vision

The Office of Safety is dedicated to fostering a positive safety culture among all members of the College of Engineering and creating the premier safety culture at the University of California, Davis.

We fully support all faculty, staff, and students by being a source of safety and environmental guidance with the goal of finding a way that all activities within the College of Engineering can be performed safely.

Message from UC Davis Safety Services: We envision an incident-free campus where students and employees alike are educated and equipped to work safely. With support from campus safety professionals, they are empowered to take responsibility for safety at work, at home and in their communities.

Students working in the Coleman Kronawitter LabValues for a Safety Culture:

  • Community Spirit
  • Collaboration
  • Adherence to Law and Policy
  • Investment
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
Dr. Holly Oldroyd

2023 College of Engineering Lab Safety Award Winner

Congratulations to Holly Oldroyd, Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, for winning the 2023 College of Engineering Lab Safety Award. Dr. Oldroyd's lab studies land-water-atmosphere interactions using field operations. This includes the study of evaporation, heat exchanges, and greenhouse gas fluxes. These observations are used to develop new models that can be used in a number of applications, including hydrological models, numerical weather predictions, satellite remote sensing products, pollutant/smoke transport and wind energy.

This award recognizes the research lab that demonstrates the strongest commitment to laboratory safety, based on a combination of inspection findings and questionnaires from safety professionals. These awards are endorsed by the faculty-led Chemical and Lab Safety Committee.

The College of Engineering has a dynamic program to facilitate a culture of safety.  Some of these initiatives include:

  • A Director of Safety to help drive our efforts
  • A safety culture and risk team of career staff throughout the college
  • A Faculty Safety Culture Advisory Committee
  • A Graduate Student Safety Culture Advisory Committee
  • Our safety culture and risk survey of all graduate students, faculty, and staff in the college
  • A series of monthly safety/health learning events
  • A holistic view and frame for our approaches to safety culture and risk