Debbie M. Decker

Debbie Decker

Debbie M. Decker is the Safety Manager for the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Davis. Prior to her joining the Chemistry Department, Debbie spent the 15 years as the campus Chemical and Laboratory Safety Officer in the Office of Environmental Health and Safety. She was instrumental in the launch of the University of California systemwide Laboratory Safety Work Group. She is past Chair of the Work Group and current Scribe.

Debbie started her career as a chemist for Explosive Technology, Inc. (later ET, Inc.) in Fairfield, CA, an aerospace firm specializing in explosive-actuated devices. She ran the quality assurance laboratory, provided R&D support and failure analysis. She also managed the company’s follow-up investigation following the Challenger incident in 1986.

Debbie left ET, Inc. and went to work for California State University, Sacramento as the campus chemical Hygiene Officer and Hazardous Waste manager. While at Sac State, she developed expertise in industrial hygiene, indoor air quality, and engineering plan review, in addition to occupational health and safety issues.

Debbie has her degree from UC Davis in chemistry and is a certified Chemical Hygiene Officer. She is a long-time member of the American Chemical Society, Division of Chemical Health and Safety and serves as Councilor for the Division. She is also past Chair of the Division and the Technical Programming Co-Chair. In 2014, she was honored to be named a Fellow of the Society.

Debbie is married with two children and three busy grandchildren. She plays the piano, and enjoys hiking and camping with her extended family. She was recently elected member of the Woodland Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees and is committed to the goal of an excellent public school education for all students.