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UC Marijuana Research Guidance Memo

On January 27, 2017, the University of California released a guidance memorandum for UC researchers and research administrators regarding the Marijuana Legalization Initiative, Proposition 64. Learn more about UC policies governing controlled substances.

UC San Diego Drones / UAS Take Off

The use of all unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) on San Diego owned property and/or for official UC San Diego business must be reviewed and approved by the Department of Environment Health &Safety (EH&S) prior to flight. Visit the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Safety page to learn more.

Note: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted an exemption (PDF) to the University of California. This allows campuses to operate drones/unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) to conduct aerial surveying and remote sensing applications, aerial photography and videography, aeronautical and avionics research and development, sensor research and development, precision agriculture, mobile communications research, forestry mapping and management activities, wildlife conservation activities, environmental and atmospheric monitoring, natural resource management/exploration, ecological studies, archeological surveys and exploration, water resource studies, photogrammetry and geographical mapping applications. All flight must be approved and logged. 

Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) Move

EH&S serves as one of many departments dedicated to helping with the transition to ACTRI. Here are some resources:

Biohazard Use Authorization (BUA) Application Is New and Improved

Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) has upgraded from Biosafety Information Online (BIO) to Biohazard Use Authorization (BUA) application. The new system will be managed locally by EH&S at UCSD. Our goal is to provide an efficient system which provides a better customer experience and integrates with existing EH&S application tools.

The new version of BUA will have the following updated features:

  1. New Home page with intuitive navigational buttons.
  2. Up-to-date training verification on authorized personnel.
  3. IACUC protocol information accessible from within the BUA authorization
  4. New Hazard Controls Plans to replace the Exposure Control Plans
  5. Updated user interface to include needed data for regulatory requirements.

If you have any questions, contact ehsbio@ucsd.edu.

AED/CPR Day Trains Campus to Save Lives

Emergency Management coordinated the AED/CPR training day at the Price Center and added training at SIO this year. This three hour event was attended by over 138 people at both locations.  The event demonstrated a need to expand this type of training in the future.

Use of Fluoroscopic Equipment Policy Announcement

Policy is to be included in the UCSD Radiation Safety Manual, Section 3: Medical Use of Radioactivity, as 3.10 “Use of Fluoroscopic Equipment” (PDF). This policy applies to all individuals who operate fluoroscopic equipment. It outlines the following:

  • Required Licenses, Certificates, and Permits
  • Weekly Fluoroscopic Output Monitoring
  • Supervison 

Please also refer to the Informational Notice Regarding New Fluoroscopic Equipment Use Policy (PDF).

Zika Virus Precautions for Field Operational Planning

The Field Operational Planner helps you anticipate and prepare for contingencies and potential health hazards before you go. Since the emergence of the Zika virus, it is essential to protect workers from occupational exposure. Protect yourself from an insurance claim or lawsuit filed against the university.

Follow the CDC and OSHA Interim Guidance for Protecting Workers from Occupational Exposure to Zika Virus when planning your trip to Zika affected areas

Also, reference the OSHA Zika Fact Sheet (PDF) before you embark on your trip.

Are You Doing Research with Synthetic Gene Drives?

As gene drive research increases on campus, it’s important to identify the appropriate containment needs for this research in animals and plants. The primary risk associated with synthetic gene drives in animals is release of the gene drive into the environment by way of escape or improper disposal of the organism. Learn more about the risks of synthetic gene drive research and the UC San Diego policies centered on this topic. 

Fire-Resistant Glove Settlement Update

For work with liquid pyrophoric chemicals outside of a glove box, appropriate hand protection must include chemically resistant outer gloves (Ansell 25-201 NeoTouch® neoprene gloves) on top of an approved flame-resistant (FR) inner glove or glove liner (Ansell 70-200 Kevlar Liner gloves). If flame-resistant gloves are needed or compromise dexterity due to the nature of the work, contact the Chemical Safety Officer (858-822-1579) for guidance. Never reuse disposable gloves.

Learn more by reading the FR Glove Settlement FAQ (PDF) provided by the University of California Office of Risk Services. 

New Updates in Laboratory Security Protocols

At a minimum, everyone is responsible for maintaining laboratory security:

    • Control access - Restrict labs to authorized personnel only
    • Maintain inventory - Know where and how much hazardous materials are in the lab
    • Report - Unaccounted loss and review chemical inventory on My Research Safety
    • Ensure training - All lab staff need to know the security procedures for the lab and why they are important

Learn more about laboratory security and contact your RAP if you have any concerns or questions.

Recycled Water Expansion Saves Millions of Gallons

The Recycled Water Expansion will extend recycled water lines across the UC San Diego campus to the Central Utility Plant Cooling Towers. By bringing recycled water to the Plant and retrofitting the cooling tower equipment and controls, 80% of current potable water use in the towers can be replaced with recycled water. This will reduce potable water use by 27.5 million gallons per year in 2016 and 60 million gallons per year in 2017 and beyond. Learn more about the Recycled Water Program at UC San Diego. 

Use Lessons Learned to Improve the Safety Program in Your Lab

The UC Center for Laboratory Safety (Center) helps to improve the practice of laboratory safety through the performance of scientific research and implementation of best safety practices in the laboratory. Check out their Lessons Learned pages to protect yourself and learn from past lab incidents.  

Get the Pain Out!

UC San Diego’s Pain Relief treatment program helps employees who suffer from painful muscular conditions in high risk occupations. Using TRT (Trauma Release™ Therapy), certified therapists treat painful muscle conditions. Learn more and complete the PRP Participant Qualification Worksheet to see if you qualify for the program at no cost to you!

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