Environmental Health and Safety

8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday thru Friday

Phone: 530-898-5126

After Hours Contact:
UPD 898-5555

Department Zip: 0019

Summer Hours:
7:00 am to 5:30 pm
Closed Friday

Seasonal and Holiday Safety Information

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety encourages the Campus community to consider fall and winter safety, here on Campus and at home. The upcoming holiday season can be both wonderful, and for many, also stressful. Your health and safety, and that of your loved ones, is important.  We hope you find the following information to be helpful.

Getting to Work and back Home Safely:

  • Consider inclement weather and the reduced hours of daylight, plan ahead to avoid rushing.

  • Don’t be a distracted (dangerous) driver, focus on driving, don’t use cell phones, keep both hands on the wheel, and use your defensive driver skills.  (Defensive Driver Training is now available on-line thru the Development and Training System or monthly scheduled classroom sessions are offered.  Please contact EHS to be assigned to the DDT Learning Track or check the Campus Calendar for dates and times of scheduled classroom sessions.)

  • Wear appropriate footwear for walking on wet, potentially slippery surfaces.

  • When biking or walking to work in low light or darkness, wear light colored or reflective clothing so you can be seen.

  • Be extra careful when crossing streets during evening hours and during inclement weather, never assume a car or bike is stopping for you, even when in a crosswalk.

For additional information:

Food Safety

Holidays include extra cooking and going to events where food is served. Follow common food handling guidelines, especially when cooking and serving poultry and dairy products.

For more information on how to be food safe and Protect Yourself From Food Poisoning - CDC

Fire Safety

  • The holidays bring a variety of fire hazards that can occur both at work and at home. The following tips will help prevent the most common causes of fires:

  • Use care when cooking.   Increased activities in the home can lead to distractions. Never leave food cooking unattended.

  • Be careful with decorations.  Keep combustible decorations away from heat sources.  Keep items such as cloth, paper, and other items at least 36” away from heaters.

  • Use care with extension cords and power strips.  Many fires are caused by damaged cords or the use of improperly rated extension cords. Do not overload power strips and do not plug one cord into another, use one long cord when needed.

  • Holiday lights and decorations.  Usee only UL listed products, read and follow the instructions. Don’t use metal staples or nails to secure lights, this can also result in a dangerous shock.

 For more information on Seasonal Fires and Thanksgiving Safety (NFPA)

 Stress Reduction

To help keep your holidays happy, follow these tips to Reducing Holiday Stress (Web MD)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at 898-5126.

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