Noise-induced hearing loss is permanent hearing impairment resulting from prolonged exposure to high levels of noise. While noise is a well-understood source of occupational illness, new studies are focusing on chemical-induced hearing loss (ototoxicity). This research seeks to determine if chemical substances alone, or noise and chemical co-exposure, contribute to occupational hearing loss. Given that many different types of workers are exposed to noise and chemicals at the UW, supervisors should keep this possible association in mind as part of their hazard communication to employees.
Effective January 18, 2017, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) placed a ban on powdered patient examination gloves, powdered surgical gloves, and also on powder for lubricating a surgeon’s gloves. The FDA ban also applies to veterinary use such as veterinary clinical care and animal surgery centers.
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.
EH&S is thrilled that Denise Bender is leading our newly created Occupational Safety & Health section and overseeing programs to reduce the risk of injury from occupational hazards in non-research work areas on the UW Seattle campus.
The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) recently released the 3rd edition of The IAQ Investigator’s Guide with significant contributions from EH&S’s Occupational Health & Safety Specialist, Ellen Gunderson. IAQ or “indoor air quality,” is a term that refers to the air quality within buildings, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants. This practical guide is a tool to help industrial hygienists, building managers, safety professionals and others methodically investigate, identify and mitigate IAQ issues.
MyChem has new features to make it easier for users to dispose of chemical waste. Now users can electronically request chemical waste collections with just a few clicks.
Quickly flag chemicals in an inventory and build a hazardous waste collection report for electronic submission to EH&S with the click of a button. Include chemicals not yet listed in your inventory! For additional details log into MyChem to view the MyChem User Guide.
The 2016 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 300A summaries of work-related injuries and illnesses are now posted on the EH&S website, along with summaries for previous years.