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

2023 Schedule


March 15

June 21

September 20

December 6 (1st Wednesday)







Henry VanBrocklin, Ph.D.

Chair of the CESC

Professor, Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging

Nick Paras, Ph.D.

Vice-Chair of the CESC

Adjunct Professor, Department of Neurology

Jay Conrad, Ph.D.

Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Neurology

Peyton Jacob, Ph.D.

Research Chemist, Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Department of Psychiatry

Adam Renslo, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Helene Viart, Ph.D.

Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Neurology

Andrew Chung, M.S.

Chemical Hygiene Officer, EH&S

Brian Smith, J.D., M.B.A., Ex Officio

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

Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer

Douglas Dresnek, M.S., Ex Officio

Assistant Vice Chancellor, EH&S

Robert Kosnik, M.D., Ex Officio

Medical Director, Occupational Health Program

Caroline Hedge, M.S.

ChemCentral Program Manager, Research Resource Program

Aaron Konopko, M.S.

Deputy Campus Fire Marshal, EH&S

Kelly Nguyen

Campus Program Manager, EH&S

Tim Orozco

Hazardous Materials Manager, EH&S

Barbara Woods

Safety Committee Coordinator, EH&S