Each year thousands of workers are killed and millions more injured or diseased because of job-related hazards.
Please join the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety on Worker Memorial Day (April 25) to honor those who have died in 2017 from a work-related injury or illness in King County. This special ceremony will raise awareness about how we can strengthen our commitment to make jobs safer and save lives in Washington state.
The UW Police selected EH&S’s Building & Fire Safety team to be the recipient of their P.R.I.D.E award for Community Partner of the Year. Mark Murray, assistant director of Building & Fire Safety, and Scott Nelson, fire safety & engineering manager, were recognized for their collaborative work with the UW Police throughout last year at an event on February 28, 2018.
EH&S celebrated the nomination of our Laboratory Safety team for a Distinguished Staff Award at a reception on February 27, 2018. They were honored to be among 16 teams and 67 individuals across the University nominated for this award.
EH&S presented posters showing three distinct process improvements at the TAP Showcase on March 6, 2018. The changes are intended to create efficiencies and improve customer service in our Lab Safety Survey Program, Hazardous Waste Collection service and Radiation Safety Survey Program.
The improvements included:
The 2018 edition of the UW Biosafety Manual is here! The most significant changes include revisions to information on laboratory access, more information on proper laboratory attire and personal protective equipment (PPE), and a revised description of the occupational health program including the serum banking policy and immunization guidelines. A list of changes is included in the log of changes.
Professionals who have some radiation safety job responsibilities may be interested in a one-time radiation safety course offered by the UW Environmental and Occupational Health Services Continuing Education Programs.
Please note that this course does not meet the requirements of EH&S radiation safety training. For more information about EH&S's free online and classroom radiation safety courses, please visit our Training page.
The Laboratory Safety and Compliance course is changing in response to attendee suggestions.
Myth: “There isn’t enough time to manage employee safety.”
The reality is that the clock is ticking … your time is valuable and you’re on deadline, but you don’t have time to not manage safety in your lab. PIs and Lab Managers who avoid taking the time up-front to implement safe work practices often spend valuable time managing lab safety after an incident occurs.
When it comes to lab safety, you don’t have time to not mitigate hazards.