The Institutional Chemical and Physical Safety Committee (ICAPS) is one of several University-wide committees charged with promoting a safe working environment at the University of Washington (UW). The committee has specific oversight responsibilities for chemical and physical safety in all research and teaching activities conducted in University owned and operated laboratories, and in field research.
University personnel have the following options for getting rid of hazardous materials and potentially contaminated supplies and equipment.
Note: Not all options are available for all items.
1. SURPLUS IT.
Keeping your safety documents up to date and easily accessible are key for staying safe.
Chemical Hygiene Plans (CHPs) include lab-specific information and relevant documents in addition to the UW Laboratory Safety Manual (LSM) provided by EH&S. This information must be reviewed at least annually and is necessary to fulfill WAC 296-828-20005. Read the Creatiing Electronic Chemical Hygiene Plans focus sheet for more information and instructions on creating one for your lab.
If your research work includes field operations, visit the new Field Operations Safety webpage on the Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) website for new resources to conduct work safely in the field. The new field operations safety guidance is focused on policies and risk management practices relevant to field courses and research, international trips, research expeditions, and other outdoor excursions.