Policy and procedure change is underway to assign EH&S the responsibility to plan, schedule, and help facilitate fire drills for most UW Seattle buildings. This change will reduce the administrative burden of building coordinators to plan the drill and relieves UW Facilities from the task of activating the alarm system on the UW Seattle campus. Formal policy change is anticipated to occur later this summer. The following links provide information to related materials, resources and tools that have just changed:
Is your group planning a party, departmental graduation ceremony or other event at UW? Your outdoor event may require a permit from the Seattle Fire Department (SFD) if any of the following apply:
Part of keeping your laboratory safe is ensuring it is prepared for an earthquake or other natural disaster. Here are some best practices for protecting yourself and others in this potential scenario.
Protect Your Exit Way
Tall or heavy equipment near your laboratory exit could tip over and block it during an earthquake, so take action now to prevent this:
Lithium batteries are in many items, from electronic cigarettes to motor vehicles. Most of the devices are perfectly safe. However, there have been a few issues arising from items containing these batteries. The UW Bothell campus recently had a hover board fire, and there was a fire on the Seattle campus because of a battery-powered vacuum cleaner.
If you are organizing an event where you plan to serve food, you might need a temporary food permit. The following groups need a temporary permit to sell or give away perishable food on UW property at an event open to the campus community:
- Registered student organizations (RSOs)
- UW departments
- Non-UW groups organizing an event sponsored by a UW department
- Off-campus groups intending to serve food from off-campus sources
If your group is planning to serve perishable food, no permit is needed if any of the following apply: