The Chemical and Environmental Safety Committee meets on the third Wednesday of every third month from 9:00—10:30 am. Please refer to the meeting schedule for exact dates and locations. 

The UCSF Chemical and Environmental Safety Committee (CESC) is appointed by the Vice Chancellor of Research in accordance with UCSF Policy 550-24. This committee will:

  1.  Evaluate technical and safety related aspects of the use of chemicals with impact on the UCSF community;
  2.  Establish policies, procedures, and practices governing the use of chemicals at UCSF;
  3.  Advise the Chancellor on relevant matters related to chemical safety;
  4.  Assist in the development and implementation of a Chemical Hygiene Plan that satisfies the conditions of California Code of Regulations Title 8 Section 5191, ‘Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories’;
  5.  Meet regularly to review the current Chemical Safety Program and to consider chemical safety issues identified through the EH&S Campus Safety Program, employee complaints, accidents, or near miss events.

The responsibilities, organization, and activities of the CESC are detailed in the CESC charter.

Meeting Schedule

2022 Schedule


March 16

June 15

September 21

December 7 (1st Wednesday)







Henry VanBrocklin, Ph.D.

Chair of CESC

Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging

Nick Paras, Ph.D., Associate Adjunct Professor

Vice-Chair of CESC

Department of Neurology

Brian Smith, Ex Officio

Associate Vice Chancellor - Research Infrastructure and Operations, Office of Research

Interim Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer

Jay Conrad, Ph.D.

Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Neurology

Peyton Jacob, Ph.D., Research Chemist

Division of Clinical Pharmacology

Department of Psychiatry

Robert Kosnik, M.D., Ex Officio

Medical Director, Occupational Health Program

Douglas Dresnek, Assistant Vice Chancellor

Environment, Health and Safety

Caroline Hedge, Assistant Chemical Hygiene Officer

Environmental, Health and Safety

Tim Orozco, Hazardous Materials Manager

Environment, Health and Safety

Kelly Nguyen, Campus Program Manager

Environment, Health and Safety

Andrew Chung, Chemical Hygiene Officer

Environment, Health and Safety

Helene Viart, Ph.D.

Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Neurology

Barbara Woods, Committee Coordinator

Environment, Health and Safety