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No Cardboard in Biological Labs

We often encounter cardboard when we visit biological labs. Unless you are using cardboard as part of your experiment, it doesn’t belong in a biological lab.

Cardboard and other porous materials cannot be decontaminated with a surface spray in the event of a splash, spatter or spill of biohazardous material. In the event of contamination, these items must be autoclaved.

Spring is the perfect time to organize, clean, and remove unnecessary and potentially hazardous clutter, such as cardboard.  


EH&S Welcomes New Fire Safety Manager

EH&S is pleased to welcome Scott Nelson to our Building & Fire Safety team. Scott has a B.S. in chemical engineering, a Professional Engineering License in fire protection and over 30 years of experience in fire safety, boiler safety, risk assessment and engineering. He has worked for a number or property insurance companies including Paragon, AXA, Matrix, Chubb, CIGNA and Factory Mutual. Scott retired as a Commander from the Naval Reserve.


Product Recall Notice - aerial work platforms

Safety Notice – Mandatory Action Required
A safety notice was issued for Genie® brand aerial work platforms due to potential control system malfunction. The malfunction
could allow the operator to drive with the platform raised above the maximum allowable height, causing the machine to lose stability and tip over. Also, the malfunction could cause the platform to lower after the controls are released, resulting in unintended and potentially hazardous platform movement.

SOPs vs. SDSs

Why should labs have a standard operating procedure (SOP) for a chemical when the manufacturer safety data sheet (SDS) is available?

Both documents are “required” in the lab but offer different types of important information about a chemical. SDSs can be a good source of information when assessing risks associated with the storage, use, and transport of a chemical or product, whereas an SOP gives the researcher detailed lab-specific information for handling of a chemical at every stage of its presence in the lab.


UW Gets Notice of Correction for Missing Radiation Inventory Reports

The Department of Health (DOH) Office of Radiation Protection recently conducted a regular inspection of the University’s Radiation Safety program to determine compliance with the University’s Radioactive Materials License (RML). The inspectors determined that not all Principal Investigators (PIs) are returning the semi-annual Inventory Verification Reports (IVRs), which is in violation of the RML requirement to conduct a semi-annual inventory of radioactive material sources. Therefore a Notice of Correction (NOC) was issued by DOH.